- Possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree: the intense sun of the tropics.
- Extreme in degree, strength, or size: intense heat.
- Involving or showing strain or extreme effort: intense concentration.
a. Deeply felt; profound: intense emotion.
b. Tending to feel deeply: an intense writer.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin intēnsus, stretched, intent
Origin: , from
Origin: past participle of intendere, to stretch, intend; see intend
Related Forms: Usage Note:
The meanings of intense
overlap considerably, but they are often subtly distinct. When used to describe human feeling or activity, intense
often suggests a strength or concentration that arises from inner dispositions and is particularly appropriate for describing emotional states: intense pleasure, intense dislike, intense loyalty,
and so forth. Intensive
is more frequently applied when the strength or concentration of an activity is imposed from without: intensive bombing, intensive training, intensive marketing.
Thus a reference to Mark's intense study of German
suggests that Mark himself was responsible for the concentrated activity, whereas Mark's intensive study of German
suggests that the program in which Mark was studying was designed to cover a great deal of material in a brief period.