Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by intensity: intensive training. See Usage Note at intense.
  • adj. Grammar Tending to emphasize or intensify: an intensive adverb.
  • adj. Possessing or requiring to a high degree. Often used in combination: research-intensive; labor-intensive.
  • adj. Relating to or being a method especially of land cultivation intended to increase the productivity of a fixed area by means of an increase in capital and labor.
  • adj. Physics Having the same value for any subdivision of a thermodynamic system: intensive pressure.
  • n. Grammar A linguistic element, such as the adverb extremely or awfully, that provides force or emphasis. Also called intensifier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Thorough, to a great degree, with intensity.
  • adj. Demanding, requiring a great amount.
  • adj. Highly concentrated.
  • n. Form of a word with a stronger or more forceful sense than the root on which the intensive is built.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified.
  • adj. Characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense.
  • adj. Serving to give force or emphasis.
  • adj. Designating, or pertaining to, any system of farming or horticulture, usually practiced on small pieces of land, in which the soil is thoroughly worked and fertilized so as to get as much return as possible; -- opposed to extensive.
  • n. That which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or referable to intensity or degree; increasing in intensity or degree; making or becoming intense; intensifying.
  • Intense.
  • Intent; unremitted; assiduous.
  • In grammar, expressing intensity or a high degree of action or quality; serving to give force or emphasis: as, an intensive particle or prefix.
  • Logical comprehension or depth; the sum of the characters predicable of a term; the sum of consequences from a given fact.
  • n. Something serving to express intensity, or to give force or emphasis; specifically, in grammar, an intensive particle, word, or phrase.
  • In agriculture, concentrated (cultivation): designating high culture, or the principle of a small area well tilled, the purpose being to secure the most from every acre of land by means of the application of labor and fertilizers and the most thorough tillage. Compare extensive, 5.
  • In pathology, noting the treatment of disease by very large or frequently repeated doses, or by remedies of greatly increased strength or activity.

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
  • adj. tending to give force or emphasis
  • adj. of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor
  • adj. characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form

Etymologies

Existing since Middle English, borrowed via French, from Medieval Latin intensivus, from intendere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • COOPER: It doesn't specify this agreement jail time, but it places him on what they call intensive probation.

    CNN Transcript Feb 19, 2009

  • Cooper: It doesn't specify, this agreement, jail time, but it places him on what they call intensive probation.

    CNN Transcript Feb 19, 2009

  • And while White House officials say that tangible progress has been made in what they describe as intensive negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, they gave no specifics, citing a need for confidentiality.

    CNN Transcript May 18, 2008

  • BURNS: It did look like an accident and the pains to which Mr. Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister's officials went, to lead us through this step by step and what they described as intensive consultations with Western humanitarian organizations after the Saddam hanging to make sure that this one was done with dignity, respect for the condemned men, I must say, left me feeling that these people -- this is a blighted government.

    CNN Transcript Jan 15, 2007

  • And the pains to which Mr. Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister's officials went to lead us through this step by step, and what they described as intensive consultations with Western humanitarian organizations after the Saddam hanging to make sure that this one was done with dignity, respect for the condemned men.

    CNN Transcript Jan 15, 2007

  • Reuters is quoting the Vatican as saying that the pope will spend the night in his own hospital room, not in what they call intensive care.

    CNN Transcript Feb 24, 2005

  • The most unusual idea (based on what I have read) is their method of reducing labor and number of cages by housing rabbits in large groups which they call intensive gangs.

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  • This is written by two Ghanaians who have an interesting method of reducing labor and number of cages by housing rabbits in large groups which they call intensive gangs.

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  • If you get maggots on your face in 'intensive' care, what's bog-standard care like?

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  • U.S. envoy Gration and retired senior State Department official Princeton Lyman have been engaged with others, including former South African President Thabo Mbeki, in intensive efforts to clear away remaining obstacles to the voting.

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