Intense meaning

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Possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree.

The intense sun of the tropics.

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Strained to the utmost; strenuous; earnest; fervent; zealous.

Intense thought.

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Extreme in degree, strength, or size.

Intense heat.

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Involving or showing strain or extreme effort.

Intense concentration.

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Occurring or existing in a high degree; very strong; violent, extreme, sharp, vivid, etc.

An intense light.

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Very severe.
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The definition of intense is to a high degree, or a strong emotion.

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.

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Having or showing strong emotion, firm purpose, great seriousness, etc.

An intense person.

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Characterized by much action, emotion, etc.
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Strict, very close or earnest.

Intense study; intense thought.

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Extreme in degree; excessive.
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Extreme in size or strength.
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Strained; tightly drawn.
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Origin of intense

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin intēnsus stretched, intent from past participle of intendere to stretch, intend intend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French intense, from Latin intensus (“stretched tight”), past participle of intendere (“to stretch out”), from in (“in, upon, to”) + tendere (“to stretch”).

    From Wiktionary