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[in-tens] /ɪnˈtɛns/
existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree:
intense heat.
acute, strong, or vehement, as sensations, feelings, or emotions:
intense anger.
of an extreme kind; very great, as in strength, keenness, severity, or the like:
an intense gale.
having a characteristic quality in a high degree:
The intense sunlight was blinding.
strenuous or earnest, as activity, exertion, diligence, or thought:
an intense life.
exhibiting a high degree of some quality or action.
having or showing great strength, strong feeling, or tension, as a person, the face, or language.
susceptible to strong emotion; emotional:
an intense person.
(of color) very deep:
intense red.
Photography, dense (def 4).
Origin of intense
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin intēnsus, variant of intentus intent2, past participle of intendere to intend. See in-2, tense1
Related forms
intensely, adverb
intenseness, noun
hyperintense, adjective
hyperintensely, adverb
hyperintenseness, noun
overintense, adjective
overintensely, adverb
overintenseness, noun
superintense, adjective
superintensely, adverb
superintenseness, noun
Can be confused
intense, intensive, intents.
2. fervent, passionate, ardent, strong. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intensely
  • What results are intensely complex beers rich with flavor and deeply drinkable.
  • When you're there you're aware of how intensely privileged you are.
  • Since the area had already been explored so intensely, only the best dinosaurs available would do.
  • Curry leaves make this vegan curry intensely aromatic.
  • intensely fragrant, long, tubular white flowers are borne in tiers atop a statuesque plant.
  • It is suspenseful, horrifying and at times intensely moving.
  • What is of interest to people is an experience that's intensely subjective.
  • Parts of the brain tend to work together more intensely during lucid dreaming than in other dream phases.
  • Migraine is more than a headache: it is intensely painful and has distinct phases.
  • The water in the tomato forms a clear layer in the middle, and the intensely flavorful oil floats above.
British Dictionary definitions for intensely


of extreme force, strength, degree, or amount: intense heat
characterized by deep or forceful feelings: an intense person
Derived Forms
intensely, adverb
intenseness, noun
Usage note
Intense is sometimes wrongly used where intensive is meant: the land is under intensive (not intense) cultivation. Intensely is sometimes wrongly used where intently is meant: he listened intently (not intensely)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin intensus stretched, from intendere to stretch out; see intend
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Word Origin and History for intensely



c.1400, from Middle French intense (13c.), from Latin intensus "stretched, strained, tight," originally past participle of intendere "to stretch out, strain" (see intend); thus, literally, "high-strung." Related: Intensely.

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Slang definitions & phrases for intensely



Excellent; cool (1970s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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