intensify

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
intensification
n.
SYN.- INTENSIFY implies an increasing in the degree of force, vehemence, vividness, etc. [his absence only intensified her longing ]; AGGRAVATE implies a making more serious, unbearable, etc. and connotes something that is unpleasant or troublesome in itself [your insolence only aggravates the offense ]; to HEIGHTEN is to make greater, stronger, more vivid, etc. so as to raise above the ordinary or commonplace [music served to heighten the effect ]; ENHANCE implies the addition of something so as to make more attractive or desirable [she used cosmetics to enhance her beauty ] -ANT. DIMINISH, MITIGATE

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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 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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