intensive

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French intensif, from Medieval Latin intensivus, from intendere.

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intensive (comparative more intensive, superlative most intensive)

  1. Thorough, to a great degree, with intensity.
    She was moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital.
    • 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir M. Hale to this entry?)
  5. Characterized by persistence; intent; assiduous.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir H. Wotton to this entry?)
  6. (grammar) Serving to give force or emphasis.
    an intensive verb or preposition

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Noun[edit]

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[edit]

Adjective[edit]

intensive f

  1. feminine form of intensif

German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

intensive

  1. inflected form of intensiv

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

intensive f pl

  1. feminine plural of intensivo

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