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Definitions for intensive
ɪnˈtɛn sɪvin·ten·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intensifier, intensiveadjective

    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. intensiveadjective

    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. intensiveadjective

    tending to give force or emphasis

    "an intensive adverb"

  4. intensiveadjective

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

    "intensive agriculture"; "intensive conditions"


  1. intensivenoun

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

  2. intensiveadjective

    Thorough, to a great degree, with intensity.

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

  3. intensiveadjective

    Demanding, requiring a great amount.

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

  4. intensiveadjective

    Highly concentrated.

    I took a 3-day intensive course in finance.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intensiveadjective

    Etymology: from intense.

    As his perfection is infinitely greater than the perfection of a man, so it is infinitely greater than the perfection of an angel; and were it not infinitely greater than the perfection of an angel, it could not be infinitely greater than the perfection of a man, because the intensive distance between the perfection of an angel and of a man is but finite. Matthew Hale.

    Tired with that assiduous attendance and intensive circumspection, which a long fortune did require, he was not unwilling to bestow upon another some part of the pains. Henry Wotton.


  1. intensive

    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.


  1. intensive

    Intensive generally refers to something that is very concentrated, thorough or demands a lot of time and effort. It may describe processes, systems, studies, or other activities that require high levels of energy, resources, or attention. It also refers to properties in physical sciences that do not depend on the quantity of material. For example, in physics and chemistry, intensive properties like temperature or pressure, do not change when you vary the amount of material. However, the specific meaning can vary depending on the context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intensiveadjective

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

  2. Intensiveadjective

    characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense

  3. Intensiveadjective

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

  4. Intensivenoun

    that which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word

  5. Etymology: [Cf. F. intensif. See Intense.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of intensive in a Sentence

  1. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams:

    I've shared myself personally that I have high blood pressure. That I have heart disease and spent a week in the( intensive care unit) due to a heart condition. That I actually have asthma and I'm pre-diabetic, and so I represent that legacy of growing up poor and black in America, i and many black Americans are at higher risk for Covid. It's why we need everyone to do their part to slow the spread.

  2. Pablo Rossini:

    Were waiting for the right moment to put him through another surgery, hes depending on life support that hes receiving in intensive care.

  3. Sheriff Jim McDonnell:

    In this modern age of cell phone video and instant analysis on the Internet, I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive.

  4. Alberto Zangrillo:

    He was immediately back to his good old self. After not even 30 seconds he was already cracking jokes, in this case he was full of praise for the assistance received overnight by one of the nurses in the intensive care unit.

  5. Justice Department attorney Courtney Enlow:

    We have been going through 302s line by line, it's a very intensive process.

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