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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 of intensify
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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  • Now he loves the wind as one of the thousand things of the earth which contribute to the intensification of his vital feeling.

    mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig
  • An intensification of the vague footsteps I had thought I heard before.

  • The blue may carry a factor which brings about intensification of the brown pigment.

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  • All history teaches by example, and the Scriptural narrative is the intensification of history.

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  • The second year is but an intensification of the process apparent in the first.

    The French Revolution Hilaire Belloc
  • It seemed to me an intensification of the snob instinct in the soul of man.

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  • And it is a gift no less priceless for its alleviation of sorrow than for its intensification of all innocent joy.

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  • The last few years have seen an intensification of localism.

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  • Our acts of devotion cannot be quickened by the intensification of our prayer activity alone.

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British Dictionary definitions for intensification

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 intensification
n.

1847, noun of action from 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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