intensify [in-ten-suh-fahy] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for intensify on verb (used with object), in·ten·si·fied, in·ten·si·fy·ing.

  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), in·ten·si·fied, in·ten·si·fy·ing.

  1. to become intense or more intense.

Origin of intensify First recorded in 1810–20; intense + -ify Related formsin·ten·si·fi·ca·tion, nounde-in·ten·si·fy, verb, de·-in·ten·si·fied, de·-in·ten·si·fy·ing.o·ver·in·ten·si·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·in·ten·si·fy, verb, o·ver·in·ten·si·fied, o·ver·in·ten·si·fy·ing.self-in·ten·si·fied, adjectiveself-in·ten·si·fy·ing, adjectiveun·in·ten·si·fied, adjectiveCan be confusedaggravate intensify worsen (see synonym study at aggravate)Synonyms for intensify See more synonyms for on 1, 2. deepen, quicken, concentrate. Synonym study 1, 2. See aggravate.Antonyms for intensify 1. alleviate, weaken. Related Words for intensifies aggravate, escalate, boost, raise, increase, strengthen, reinforce, redouble, exacerbate, deepen, enhance, sharpen, heighten, quicken, stress, darken, magnify, augment, point, accentuate Examples from the Web for intensifies Contemporary Examples of intensifies

  • And Demme, by barely indicating the visual presence of the audience until the end, intensifies the closed-off, hermetic feeling.

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  • Indeed, in conflict situations the rhetoric around honor often intensifies.

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  • The Full Moon, Friday, intensifies the need for intimacy to near desperation.

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  • Yet the gregariousness of the web only intensifies his solitude.

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  • As the Israel-Palestine conflict drags on, it blocks the resolution of urgent crises and intensifies looming threats to the West.

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  • Historical Examples of intensifies

  • Benedick, reporting to the same tune, intensifies his misery.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

  • It only intensifies the pain and doesnt work much of a cure.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit

    George Randolph Chester

  • To place white by the side of a color heightens or intensifies the tone of that color.

    Color Value

    C. R. Clifford

  • Not that the Divine Spirit supersedes their human faculties, but He intensifies them.

    Lux Mundi


  • There are snow fields to cross, which intensifies the action.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for intensifies intensify verb -fies, -fying or -fied

    1. to make or become intense or more intense
    2. (tr) to increase the density of (a photographic film or plate)

    Derived Formsintensification, noun Word Origin and History for intensifies 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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