Definitions for Intensiveɪnˈtɛn sɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ten•siveɪnˈtɛn sɪv(adj.)

  1. of or characterized by intensity:

    intensive questioning.

  2. tending to intensify; intensifying.

  3. of or pertaining to a system of farming in which large amounts of labor and often capital are expended to gain high yields on small tracts of land

    Category: Agriculture

    Ref: (opposed to extensive 7 ).

  4. requiring or having a high concentration of a specified quality or element (used in combination):

    a labor-intensive industry.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (of a grammatical form or construction) indicating increased emphasis or force: Certainly is an intensive adverb. Myself in I did it myself is an intensive pronoun.

    Category: Grammar

  6. (n.)something that intensifies.

  7. an intensive form or construction.

    Category: Grammar


Princeton's WordNet

  1. intensifier, intensive(adj)

    a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

    "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

  2. intensive(adj)

    characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form

    "the questioning was intensive"; "intensive care"; "research-intensive"; "a labor-intensive industry"

  3. intensive(adj)

    tending to give force or emphasis

    "an intensive adverb"

  4. intensive(adj)

    of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor

    "intensive agriculture"; "intensive conditions"


  1. intensive(Noun)

    Form of a word with a stronger or more forceful sense than the root on which the intensive is built.

  2. intensive(Adjective)

    Thorough, to a great degree, with intensity.

    She was moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

  3. intensive(Adjective)

    Demanding, requiring a great amount.

    This job is difficult because it is so labour-intensive.

  4. intensive(Adjective)

    Highly concentrated.

    I took a 3-day intensive course in finance.

  5. Origin: Existing since , borrowed via , from intensivus, from intendere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intensive(adj)

    stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified

  2. Intensive(adj)

    characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense

  3. Intensive(adj)

    serving to give force or emphasis; as, an intensive verb or preposition

  4. Intensive(noun)

    that which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word


  1. Intensive word form

    In grammar, an intensive word form is one which denotes stronger, more forceful, or more concentrated action relative to the root on which the intensive is built. Intensives are usually lexical formations, but there may be a regular process for forming intensives from a root. Intensive formations, for example, existed in Proto-Indo-European, and in many of the Semitic languages.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Intensive' in Adjectives Frequency: #665

Translations for Intensive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


very great; showing or having great care etc

The police began an intensive search for the murderer; The hospital has just opened a new intensive care unit.

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