Intense Definition

ĭn-tĕns
intensest, intenser
adjective
intensest, intenser
Possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree.
The intense sun of the tropics.
American Heritage
Occurring or existing in a high degree; very strong; violent, extreme, sharp, vivid, etc.
An intense light.
Webster's New World
Strained to the utmost; strenuous; earnest; fervent; zealous.
Intense thought.
Webster's New World
Involving or showing strain or extreme effort.
Intense concentration.
American Heritage
Having or showing strong emotion, firm purpose, great seriousness, etc.
An intense person.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Intense

Adjective

Base Form:
intense
Comparative:
intenser
Superlative:
intensest

Origin of 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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