/ɪnˈtɛnsɪv / (say in'tensiv)

1. of, relating to, or characterised by intensity: intensive fire from machine guns.
2. intensifying.
3. Medicine
a. increasing in intensity or degree.
b. instituting treatment to the limit of safety.
4. Economics of or denoting methods designed to increase effectiveness, as, in agriculture, a more thorough tillage, the application of fertilisers, etc., to secure the most from each hectare (opposed to extensive): intensive stocking.
5. (placed after the noun) requiring great amounts of: labour-intensive production methods.
6. Grammar indicating increased emphasis or force. For example, certainly and tremendously are intensive adverbs.
7. something that intensifies.
8. Grammarintensifier (def. 2).
{Medieval Latin intensīvus}
intensively, adverb
intensiveness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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