intense

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From Middle French intense, from Latin intensus (stretched tight), past participle of intendere (to stretch out), from in (in, upon, to) + tendere (to stretch).

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intense (comparative intenser or more intense, superlative intensest or most intense)

  1. Strained; tightly drawn.
  2. Strict, very close or earnest.
    intense study;  intense thought
  3. Extreme in degree; excessive.
  4. Extreme in size or strength.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28: 
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages.
  5. Stressful and tiring.
  6. Very severe.

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intense

  1. Inflected form of intens

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French[edit]

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Borrowed from Latin intensus.

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intense (masculine and feminine, plural intenses)

  1. intense

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intense pl

  1. feminine form of intenso

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intense

  1. vocative masculine singular of intensus