intensify

To intensify is to increase the intensity, force, or power of something. For some people, Burning Man isn't intense enough on its own: they need to intensify it with drugs.

You can see the word "intense" in intensify, which clues you in to the meaning of the verb. When you make something more intense, you intensify it — make it more of whatever it is. Believe it or not, a pinch of salt can actually intensify the sweetness of the sugar in a cake. It makes it even sweeter. Storm chasers never know whether a tornado will continue to intensify or begin to abate as they approach — and the difference could mean life or death for them.

DEFINITIONS OF: intensify

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v increase in extent or intensity

Synonyms:
escalate, step up
Antonyms:
de-escalate, step down, weaken
reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of
Types:
redouble
double in magnitude, extent, or intensity
Type of:
increase
make bigger or more

v make more intense, stronger, or more marked

“"The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her”
Synonyms:
compound, deepen, heighten
Types:
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heat up, hot up, screw up
make more intense
fan
make (an emotion) fiercer
enhance, heighten, raise
increase
amplify
increase the volume of
sharpen
make crisp or more crisp and precise
heighten, sharpen
make (one's senses) more acute
potentiate
increase the effect of or act synergistically with (a drug or a physiological or biochemical phenomenon)
subtilise, subtilize
make (senses) more keen
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

v make the chemically affected part of (a negative) denser or more opaque in order produce a stronger contrast between light and dark

Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become more intense

“The debate intensified
Synonyms:
deepen
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build
develop and grow
redouble
make twice as great or intense
break open, burst out, erupt, flare, flare up, irrupt
erupt or intensify suddenly
condense
become more compact or concentrated
sharpen
become sharp or sharper
accelerate, quicken, speed, speed up
move faster
brisk, brisk up, brisken
become brisk
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount
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