• (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈtɛnsɪv/


  1. Thorough; to a great degree; with intensity.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, 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 of work etc.
    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.
  5. Characterized by persistence; intent; assiduous.
  6. (grammar) Serving to give force or emphasis.
    an intensive verb or preposition
  7. (medicine) Related to the need to manage life-threatening conditions by means of sophisticated life support and monitoring.
    She was moved to the intensive-care unit of the hospital.
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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.

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