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
Federal and state authorities have strengthened laws and intensified
  prosecutions to discourage looting in this country.
The greenhouse effect is a vital natural phenomenon, intensified by human
  activity.
And urban pollution has been blamed for intensified electricity and lightning
  in storms over cities.
Recently the anticipation intensified with the discovery of a richly decorated
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