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ɪnˈtɛn səˌfaɪ ərin·ten·si·fi·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intensifier, intensivenoun

    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"


  1. intensifiernoun

    That which intensifies.

  2. intensifiernoun

    A word or particle that heightens or lowers the intensity of meaning of an item.

  3. intensifiernoun

    An agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture.

  4. Etymology: ; from the most common use of such terms, to intensify#Verb an adjective.


  1. Intensifier

    In linguistics, an intensifier (abbreviated INT) is a lexical category (but not a traditional part of speech) for a modifier that makes no contribution to the propositional meaning of a clause but serves to enhance and give additional emotional context to the word it modifies. Intensifiers are grammatical expletives, specifically expletive attributives (or, equivalently, attributive expletives or attributive-only expletives; they also qualify as expressive attributives), because they function as semantically vacuous filler. Characteristically, English draws intensifiers from a class of words called degree modifiers, words that quantify the idea they modify. More specifically, they derive from a group of words called adverbs of degree, also known as degree adverbs. When used grammatically as intensifiers, these words cease to be degree adverbs, because they no longer quantify the idea they modify; instead, they emphasize it emotionally. By contrast, the words moderately, slightly, and barely are degree adverbs, but not intensifiers. The other hallmark of prototypical intensifiers is that they are adverbs which lack the primary characteristic of adverbs: the ability to modify verbs. Intensifiers modify exclusively adjectives and adverbs, but this rule is insufficient to classify intensifiers, since there exist other words commonly classified as adverbs that never modify verbs but are not intensifiers, e.g. questionably. For these reasons, Huddleston argues that intensifier not be recognized as a primary grammatical or lexical category. Intensifier is a category with grammatical properties, but insufficiently defined unless its functional significance is also described (what Huddleston calls a notional definition). Technically, intensifiers roughly qualify a point on the affective semantic property, which is gradable. Syntactically, intensifiers pre-modify either adjectives or adverbs. Semantically, they increase the emotional content of an expression. The basic intensifier is very. A versatile word, English permits very to modify adjectives and adverbs, but not verbs. Other intensifiers often express the same intention as very.


  1. intensifier

    An intensifier is a linguistic term referring to a word or phrase that enhances or amplifies the meaning of another word or phrase it's attached to, typically by adding emphasis or exaggeration. It is commonly used in speech and writing to convey strong emotions or highlight certain qualities. Examples of intensifiers include words such as "very", "extremely", "highly", and "quite".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intensifiernoun

    one who or that which intensifies or strengthens; in photography, an agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intensifier in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intensifier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • intensificateurFrench
  • ఇంటెన్సిఫైయర్Telugu

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