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Webster 1913 Edition


Intensive

In-ten′sive

,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
intensif
. See
Intense
.]
1.
Stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified.
Sir M. Hale.
2.
Characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense.
[Obs.]
Sir H. Wotton.
3.
(Gram.)
Serving to give force or emphasis;
as, an
intensive
verb or preposition
.

In-ten′sive

,
Noun.
That which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word.

Webster 1828 Edition


Intensive

INTENS'IVE

,
Adj.
Stretched, or admitting of extension.
1.
Intent; unremitted; assiduous; as intensive circumspection.
2.
Serving to give force or emphasis; as an intensive particle or preposition.

Definition 2022


intensive

intensive

English

Adjective

intensive (comparative more intensive, superlative most intensive)

  1. Thorough, to a great degree, with intensity.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      Secondly, I continue to base my concepts on intensive study of a limited suite of collections, rather than superficial study of every packet that comes to hand.
  2. Demanding, requiring a great amount.
    This job is difficult because it is so labour-intensive.
  3. Highly concentrated.
    I took a three-day intensive course in finance.
  4. (obsolete) Stretched; allowing intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified.
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  5. Characterized by persistence; intent; assiduous.
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  6. (grammar) Serving to give force or emphasis.
    an intensive verb or preposition
  7. (medicine) Related to the need to manage life-threatening conditions by means of sophisticated life support and monitoring.
    She was moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

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Noun

intensive (plural intensives)

  1. (linguistics) Form of a word with a stronger or more forceful sense than the root on which the intensive is built.

French

Adjective

intensive

  1. feminine singular of intensif

German

Adjective

intensive

  1. inflected form of intensiv

Italian

Adjective

intensive f pl

  1. feminine plural of intensivo

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Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

intensive

  1. definite singular of intensiv
  2. plural form of intensiv

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

intensive

  1. definite singular of intensiv
  2. plural form of intensiv