intense

in|tense [ ın`tens ] adjective **
1. ) very great or extreme:
He's been under intense pressure.
The pain was intense.
an intense, vibrant red
intense heat/cold/sunlight: Festivities began in the intense heat of the midday sun.
2. ) involving or done with a lot of effort, energy, attention, etc.:
an intense stare
This type of work requires intense concentration.
3. ) feeling and showing emotions in a very strong way:
Some people find her hard to get along with because she's so intense.
4. ) SPOKEN used for showing that you find someone or something very exciting:
Bungee jumping is so intense!
╾ in|tense|ly adverb:
He seemed to dislike me intensely.
the intensely competitive world of industry

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • intense — [ ɛ̃tɑ̃s ] adj. • 1265, rare av. XVIIIe; bas lat. intensus ♦ Qui agit avec force, et par ext. Qui dépasse la mesure ordinaire. ⇒ extrême, 1. fort, grand, vif. Froid intense. Lumière intense. ⇒ 2. cru. Un bleu intense. ⇒ vif. Circulation intense.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Intense x — Intense X, formerly known as Intense AI or Intense Dialogues, is a 3D computer game plug in for the 3D Game Studio Engine.Intense X allows game designers with or without programming experience to create the games they want, using no programming… …   Wikipedia

  • intense — intense, vehement, fierce, exquisite, violent are comparable when meaning extreme in degree, power, or effect. Al though several of them often are used interchangeably without clear distinction, they can be employed in ways that reveal many… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Intense — In*tense , a. [L. intensus stretched, tight, p. p. of intendere to stretch: cf. F. intense. See {Intend}, and cf. {Intent}, and cf. {Intent}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intense — [in tens′] adj. [ME < MFr < L intensus, pp. of intendere: see INTEND] 1. occurring or existing in a high degree; very strong; violent, extreme, sharp, vivid, etc. [an intense light] 2. strained to the utmost; strenuous; earnest; fervent;… …   English World dictionary

  • intense — intense, intensive In the broad meaning ‘existing in a high degree, extreme’ as applied to feelings and qualities, intense is the word to use. (It also applies to people, in the sense ‘apt to feel strong emotion’.) Intensive, which used to share… …   Modern English usage

  • intense — I adjective acer, acute, ardens, ardent, close, concentrated, deep, diligent, dynamic, earnest, emotional, energetic, extreme, fervent, fierce, fiery, flaming, heightened, high pressure, impassioned, intensified, intent, intentus, keen,… …   Law dictionary

  • intense — (adj.) c.1400, from M.Fr. intense (13c.), from L. intensus stretched, strained, tight, originally pp. of intendere to stretch out, strain (see INTEND (Cf. intend)); thus, literally, high strung. Related: Intensely …   Etymology dictionary

  • intense — фр. [энта/нс] intensivo ит. [интэнси/во] intenso [интэнсо] интенсивный, напряженный …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • intense — [adj] forceful, severe; passionate acute, agonizing, all consuming, ardent, biting, bitter, burning, close, concentrated, consuming, cutting, deep, diligent, eager, earnest, energetic, exaggerated, exceptional, excessive, exquisite, extraordinary …   New thesaurus

  • intense — ► ADJECTIVE (intenser, intensest) 1) of extreme force, degree, or strength. 2) extremely earnest or serious. DERIVATIVES intensely adverb intenseness noun. ORIGIN Latin intensus stretched tightly, strained , from int …   English terms dictionary

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