- An example of something that would be described as intensive is a month long, detailed study of a book, an intensive study.
- An example of something that would be described as intensive is intensive care, a level of care given to critically ill hospital patients.
The definition of intensive is concentrated or strongly focused on a specific thing.
- increasing or causing to increase in degree or amount
- of or characterized by intensity; thorough, profound, and intense; concentrated or exhaustive
- designating care of an especially attentive nature given to critically ill hospital patients, typically in a special ward (intensive care unit)
- Agric. designating a system of farming which aims at the increase of yield per acre by using increased labor, capital, etc.
- Gram. giving force or emphasis; emphasizing: “very” in “the very same man” is an intensive adverb
Origin of intensiveMedieval Latin intensious ; from Classical Latin intensus: see intense and amp; -ive
- anything that intensifies
- an intensive word, prefix, etc.
intensively using, requiring large amounts of, or concentrating within itself large amounts of (a specified thing): labor-intensive
- Of, relating to, or characterized by intensity: intensive training.
- Grammar Tending to emphasize or intensify: an intensive adverb.
- Possessing or requiring to a high degree. Often used in combination: labor-intensive.
- Relating to or being a method especially of land cultivation intended to increase the productivity of a fixed area by means of an increase in capital and labor.
- Physics Having the same value for any subdivision of a thermodynamic system: intensive pressure.
A linguistic element, such as the adverb extremely or awfully, that provides force or emphasis. Also called intensifier.
(comparative more intensive, superlative most intensive)
- Thorough, to a great degree, with intensity.
- She was moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital.
- Demanding, requiring a great amount.
- This job is difficult because it is so labour-intensive.
- Highly concentrated.
- I took a three-day intensive course in finance.
- Characterized by persistence; intent; assiduous.
- (grammar) Serving to give force or emphasis.
- an intensive verb or preposition
From Middle French intensif, from Medieval Latin intensivus, from intendere.