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English verb: intensify

1. intensify (change) increase in extent or intensity

SamplesThe Allies escalated the bombing.

Synonymsescalate, step up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)redouble

Antonymsde-escalate, step down, weaken

2. intensify (change) make more intense, stronger, or more marked

SamplesThe efforts were intensified.
Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her.
Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness.
This event only deepened my convictions.

Synonymscompound, deepen, heighten

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)amplify, enhance, fan, heat up, heighten, heighten, hot up, raise, screw up, sharpen, sharpen

Causedeepen, intensify

3. intensify (change) become more intense

SamplesThe debate intensified.
His dislike for raw fish only deepened in Japan.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase

Narrower (hyponym)accelerate, break open, build, burst out, condense, erupt, flare, flare up, irrupt, quicken, redouble, sharpen, speed, speed up

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

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Domain categoryphotography

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