to increase in degree or strength; to make something increase in degree or strength synonym heighten Violence intensified during the night. The fighting in the area has intensified sharply. intensify something The opposition leader has intensified his attacks on the government. The reforms served only to intensify the misery of the poorer peasants. Word Origin early 19th cent.: coined by Coleridge.
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ//[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intensify
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ//he / she / it intensifies
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪz//past simple intensified
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪd//past participle intensified
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪd//-ing form intensifying
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtensɪfaɪɪŋ//