from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Grammar See intensive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which intensifies.
- n. A word or particle that heightens or lowers the intensity of meaning of an item.
- n. An agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who or that which intensifies or strengthens; in photography, an agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which intensifies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies
January 8th, 2009 at 2: 35 pm using it as an intensifier is less bad than using it as a negation-sign, as in “moral victory”, which means “i lost”.
Yet another intensifier is the military's handling of rape claims.
I spent a year circling my eyes in Sue Devitt's smoky eye intensifier pencil before I knew anything about her.
Is “big” the new all-purpose negative intensifier? ga73 says:
But waiting can also be a powerful intensifier of emotions.
And just as time can act as an intensifier, so can context.
Many famous writers, including Mark Twain and many others, have used literal to mean figurative or as an intensifier.
I always wished I could use “wicked” as an intensifier without it coming out as awkwardly forced.
The phony southern accent was the worst, but aside from that, she has this irritating habit of opening her eyes up extra wide when trying to make a forceful point, apparently believing that this facial intensifier will make up for her lack of an ability to use words effectively to convey an idea.
Could we PLEASE stop using ‘incredible’ as an intensifier?