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Meaning of INTENSIFY

Pronunciation:  in'tensu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become more intense; "The debate intensified"; "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan"
  2. [v]  make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Potsmokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"
  3. [v]  increase in extent or intensity; "The Allies escalated the bombing"
  4. [v]  photography: make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark

INTENSIFY is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: compound, deepen, escalate, heighten, step up
 Antonyms: de-escalate, step down, weaken
 See Also: accelerate, alter, amplify, break open, build, burst out, change, condense, enhance, erupt, fan, flare, flare up, heat up, hot up, increase, intensify, quicken, raise, redouble, screw up, sharpen, speed, speed up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
          How piercing is the sting of pride By want embittered
          and intensified.                         --Longfellow.
  2. \In*ten"si*fy\, v. i.
    To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing
    power or energy.
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