AskDefine | Define intensify

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1 increase in extent or intensity; "The Allies escalated the bombing" [syn: escalate, step up] [ant: de-escalate]
2 make more intense, stronger, or more marked; "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Potsmokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions" [syn: compound, heighten, deepen]
3 become more intense; "The debate intensified"; "His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan" [syn: deepen]
4 make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark [also: intensified]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.
  2. To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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