Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make intense or more intense.
  • intransitive verb To increase the contrast of (a photographic image).
  • intransitive verb To become intense or more intense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To render intense or more intense; heighten the action or some quality of.
  • Specifically, in photography, to render more opaque, as the chemically affected parts of a negative. See intensification, 2.
  • To become intense or more intense; act with greater effort or energy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.
  • transitive verb To render more intense

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.
  • verb intransitive To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark
  • verb become more intense
  • verb increase in extent or intensity
  • verb make more intense, stronger, or more marked

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  • But punters in Carlisle who WEREN'T wearing them were the odd ones out as they witnessed the race for the Premiership title intensify - in 3D.

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  • The importance of the test will sometimes intensify the nervousness of the students.

    April 14, 2007

  • "But the will itself by confining and intensifying the attention may arbitrarily give vividness or distinctness to any object whatsoever." -Biographia Literaria, 1817

    Elsewhere in this book, Coleridge explains he invented this word because "render intense" didn't fit the meter of the poem he was trying to write.

    March 5, 2018