V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to increase the strength, size, or force of; 2. to make more severe

Synonyms: strengthen, increase, accelerate, escalate, heighten, elevate, magnify, worsen

Antonyms: weaken, reduce, diminish, slow, alleviate, abate

Tips: To intensify is to make something more intense. This is usually used in situations where something may become more negative as a result of increased intensity (force, strength). When something is intensified, it usually becomes more serious or extreme.

Usage Examples:

The pain in my right foot intensified each time I stepped down on it. (increased, worsened)

The more he talked, the more her anger intensified. (escalated, heightened)

I tried to intensify the flavor of the sauce by adding more paprika, but it made it much too hot. (increase, strengthen)

Their anger with one another intensified to such a degree that they didn't speak for months. (escalated, increased)

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