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intensify

[in-ten-suh-fahy] /ɪnˈtɛn səˌfaɪ/
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
1810-1820
1810-20; intense + -ify
Related forms
intensification, noun
de-intensify, verb, de-intensified, de-intensifying.
overintensification, noun
overintensify, verb, overintensified, overintensifying.
self-intensified, adjective
self-intensifying, adjective
unintensified, adjective
Can be confused
aggravate, annoy, intensify, irritate, worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)
aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening.
Synonyms
1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate. See aggravate.
Antonyms
1. alleviate, weaken.
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British Dictionary definitions for de intensify

intensify

/ɪnˈtɛnsɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make or become intense or more intense
2.
(transitive) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)
Derived Forms
intensification, noun
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Word Origin and History for de intensify

intensify

v.

1817, from intense + -ify, first attested in Coleridge, in place of intend, which he said no longer was felt as connected with intense. Middle English used intensen (v.) "to increase (something), strengthen, intensify," early 15c. Related: Intensified; intensifying.

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