intensive Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun 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
adjective satellite characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form
- the questioning was intensive
- intensive care
- a labor-intensive industry
adjective tending to give force or emphasis
- an intensive adverb
adjective of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor
- intensive agriculture
- intensive conditions
Stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified.Sir M. Hale.
Characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense.Obs. Sir H. Wotton.
(Gram.) Serving to give force or emphasis; as, an. intensiveverb or preposition
That which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word.
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