intensive

Intensive describes things that are extreme, highly dramatic, or just plain thorough. An intensive chemistry course meets six days a week for five hours a day. If you're in intensive care, you're getting close medical scrutiny, 24/7.

Intensive is intense, which comes from the Latin for “high strung,” plus –ive, meaning “having the qualities of.” It’s an adjective that cranks up whatever it modifies. Doing too many intensive activities can make you high strung indeed, like taking that intensive chemistry class or participating in an intensive study on the effects of sleeplessness by staying awake for four days straight. That might get you put in intensive care.

Primary Meanings of intensive

1.
adj
characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form
2.
nadj
a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies
tending to give force or emphasis
Full Definitions of intensive
1

adj characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form

“the questioning was intensive
intensive care”
“research- intensive
“a labor- intensive industry”
Synonyms:
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

adj of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor

intensive agriculture”
intensive conditions”
Antonyms:
extensive
of agriculture; increasing productivity by using large areas with minimal outlay and labor
2

n a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies

Synonyms:
intensifier
Type of:
modifier, qualifier
a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb

adj tending to give force or emphasis

“an intensive adverb”

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