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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Doctors advise against warm treatments, which can intensify itching.
Threats against climate scientists appear to intensify if they speak up in the
  nation's policy debate.
The probability is that political nerves will both intensify the economic
  slowdown at home and worsen pressure on the rand.
Natural though the fires may be, humans intensify the scale.
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