intensify

intensify
[[t]ɪnte̱nsɪfaɪ[/t]]
intensifies, intensifying, intensified
V-ERG
If you intensify something or if it intensifies, it becomes greater in strength, amount, or degree.

[V n] Britain is intensifying its efforts to secure the release of three British hostages...

The conflict is almost bound to intensify...

[V-ed] Groups of refugees are on the move following intensified fighting in the region.

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intensification [[t]ɪnte̱nsɪfɪke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

The country was on the verge of collapse because of the intensification of violent rebel attacks.


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  • Intensify — In*ten si*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intensified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intensifying}.] [Intense + fly.] To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intensify — intensify, aggravate, heighten, enhance mean to increase markedly in degree or measure. Intensify implies a deepening or strengthening of a thing or especially of its characteristic quality {a clear atmosphere intensifies the blue of the sky} {an …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intensify — 1817, from INTENSE (Cf. intense) + IFY (Cf. ify), first attested in Coleridge, in place of INTEND (Cf. intend), which he said no longer was felt as connected with intense. M.E. used intensen (v.) to increase (something), strengthen, intensify,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intensify — [in ten′sə fī΄] vt. intensified, intensifying 1. to make intense or more intense; increase; strengthen 2. Photog. to make (a film, etc.) more dense or opaque by treating with an intensifier vi. to become intense or increase in intensity… …   English World dictionary

  • Intensify — In*ten si*fy, v. i. To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intensify — I verb add to, aggravate, amplificare, augere, augment, boost, concentrate, deepen, emphasize, enhance, escalate, exacerbate, exaggerate, heighten, increase, inflame, magnify, redouble, sharpen, step up, strengthen II index accrue (increase) …   Law dictionary

  • intensify — [v] make more forceful, severe accent, accentuate, add fuel*, add to, aggrandize, aggravate, augment, beef up*, boost, brighten, build up, concentrate, darken, deepen, emphasize, enhance, escalate, exacerbate, exalt, heat up*, heighten, increase …   New thesaurus

  • intensify — ► VERB (intensifies, intensified) ▪ make or become more intense. DERIVATIVES intensification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • intensify — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly ▪ dramatically, rapidly, sharply ▪ The fighting in the area has intensified sharply. ▪ gradually ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • intensify — verb a) To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity. b) To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy …   Wiktionary

  • intensify — UK [ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ] / US [ɪnˈtensɪˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms intensify : present tense I/you/we/they intensify he/she/it intensifies present participle intensifying past tense intensified past participle intensified if something …   English dictionary

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