- If you really, really really hate ice cream, this is an example of when you have an intense hatred of ice cream.
- A person who is always serious and talking about problems and emotional issues is an example of someone who is intense.
- occurring or existing in a high degree; very strong; violent, extreme, sharp, vivid, etc.: an intense light
- strained to the utmost; strenuous; earnest; fervent; zealous: intense thought
- having or showing strong emotion, firm purpose, great seriousness, etc.: an intense person
- characterized by much action, emotion, etc.
Origin of intenseMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin intensus, past participle of intendere: see intend
- 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 anger.b. Having or showing strong feeling or great seriousness: an intense writer.
Origin of intenseMiddle English from Old French from Latin intēnsus stretched, intent from past participle of intendere to stretch, intend ; see intend .
Usage Note: The meanings of intense and intensive overlap considerably, but the two adjectives often have distinct meanings. Intense often suggests a strength or concentration that arises from an inner disposition and is particularly appropriate for describing emotional states: “He wondered vaguely why all this intense feeling went running because of a few burnt potatoes” D.H. Lawrence Intensive is more appropriate when the strength or concentration of an activity is imposed from without: “They worked out a system of intensive agriculture surpassing anything I ever heard of, with the very forests all reset with fruit- or nut-bearing trees” Charlotte Perkins GilmanThus a reference to Mark's intense study of German suggests that Mark engaged in concentrated activity, while Mark's intensive study of German suggests the course Mark took was designed to cover a lot of material in a brief period.
(comparative intenser or more intense, superlative intensest or most intense)
From Middle French intense, from Latin intensus (“stretched tight”), past participle of intendere (“to stretch out”), from in (“in, upon, to”) + tendere (“to stretch”).