possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
"intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
extremely sharp or intense
"acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"
(of color) having the highest saturation
"vivid green"; "intense blue"
Strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest; as, intense study or application; intense thought.
Extreme in degree; excessive; immoderate; as: (a) Ardent; fervent; as, intense heat. (b) Keen; biting; as, intense cold. (c) Vehement; earnest; exceedingly strong; as, intense passion or hate. (d) Very severe; violent; as, intense pain or anguish. (e) Deep; strong; brilliant; as, intense color or light.
strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest; as, intense study or application; intense thought
extreme in degree; excessive; immoderate; as: (a) Ardent; fervent; as, intense heat. (b) Keen; biting; as, intense cold. (c) Vehement; earnest; exceedingly strong; as, intense passion or hate. (d) Very severe; violent; as, intense pain or anguish. (e) Deep; strong; brilliant; as, intense color or light
Origin: [L. intensus stretched, tight, p. p. of intendere to stretch: cf. F. intense. See Intend, and cf. Intent, and cf. Intent, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-tens′, adj. closely strained: extreme in degree: very severe: emotional.—v.t. Inten′sate (Carlyle), to intensify.—adv. Intense′ly.—ns. Intense′ness, Intens′ity; Intensificā′tion, the act of intensifying.—v.t. Inten′sify, to make more intense.—v.i. to become intense:—pa.p. intens′ified.—n. Inten′sion, a straining or bending: increase of intensity: (logic) the sum of the qualities implied by a general name.—adj. Inten′sive, stretched: admitting of increase of degree: unremitted: serving to intensify: (gram.) giving force or emphasis.—adv. Inten′sively.—n. Inten′siveness. [See Intend.]
An action requiring effort, energy and focus.
The exam was intense so I put all my effort, energy and focus into it and achieved the result easily that I needed.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'intense' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3918
Rank popularity for the word 'intense' in Adjectives Frequency: #531
The numerical value of intense in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of intense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
The barb in the arrow of childhood suffering is this its intense loneliness, its intense ignorance.
Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.
Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train.
This is why athletes stay in shape year-round. They have a program scheduled and planned over an entire year with variation, rest days, more-intense and less-intense workout periods.
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- intensCatalan, Valencian
- vášnivý, silný, intenzivníCzech
- äärimmäinen, intensiivinenFinnish
- 激烈, 激しいですJapanese
- intenso, tensoPortuguese
- интенсивный, напряжённыйRussian
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