intensify

[in-ten-suh-fahy]
verb (used with object), intensified, intensifying.
1.
to make intense or more intense.
2.
to make more acute; strengthen or sharpen.
3.
Photography. to increase the density and contrast of (a negative) chemically.
verb (used without object), intensified, intensifying.
4.
to become intense or more intense.

Origin:
1810–20; intense + -ify

intensification, noun
de-intensify, verb, de-intensified, de-intensifying.
overintensification, noun
overintensify, verb, overintensified, overintensifying.
self-intensified, adjective
self-intensifying, adjective
unintensified, adjective

1. aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate) ; 2. aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening.


1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate. See aggravate.


1. alleviate, weaken.
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intensify (ɪnˈtɛnsɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to make or become intense or more intense
2.  (tr) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)
 
intensifi'cation
 
n

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Example sentences
It does not take into account the human need for intensification of life, which
  the good home so often fails to provide.
In that it avoids deforestation, intensification is one of a number of
  adaptation strategies which also help mitigation.
Wilma has astonished meteorologists with its rapid intensification.
Its stems from the increase in population and the intensification of
  agricultural cultivation in the region.
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