intensify

intensify, aggravate, heighten, enhance mean to increase markedly in degree or measure.
Intensify implies a deepening or strengthening of a thing or especially of its characteristic quality
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a clear atmosphere intensifies the blue of the sky

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an unfortunate atmosphere . . . that intensifies the suspicions with which the hardheaded and skeptical naturally approach such revolutionary claims— Flew

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historical circumstances of recent years have conspired to intensify nationalism— Huxley

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Aggravate implies a manifest increase in the seriousness of a situa-tion or condition that is already unpleasant or difficult
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false rumors that aggravate racial animosities

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truth and frankness dispel difficulties, but the attempt at repressive moral discipline only aggravates them— Russell

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these considerable defects in a parish priest were aggravated rather than offset by his talents as an orator— Anthony West

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Heighten and enhance both imply a lifting or raising; heighten, however, tends to imply a lifting above the ordinary, the trite, or the commonplace, and a consequent increase in sharpness and poignancy, and enhance a lifting above the norm or the average in desirability or attractiveness by the addition of something that increases the value, charm, or prestige of the thing enhanced
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a dramatist heightens the effect of his scenes by rapidity of the action and he enhances his dialogue by the addition of witty repartee

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had heightened his apprecia-tion of the more austere pleasures of the afternoon— Archibald Marshall

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a painter discards many trivial points of exactness, in order to heighten the truthfulness of a few fundamentals— Montague

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Augustus sought. . . in every way to enhance its [the Roman Senate's] prestige and dignity— Buchan

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Analogous words: accentuate, emphasize, stress, accent (see corresponding nouns at EMPHASIS): magnify, aggrandize, *exalt
Antonyms: temper: mitigate, allay: abate (sense 2)
Contrasted words: *moderate, qualify: alleviate, lighten, *relieve: reduce, lessen, diminish, *decrease

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  • Intensify — In*ten si*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intensified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intensifying}.] [Intense + fly.] To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intensify — 1817, from INTENSE (Cf. intense) + IFY (Cf. ify), first attested in Coleridge, in place of INTEND (Cf. intend), which he said no longer was felt as connected with intense. M.E. used intensen (v.) to increase (something), strengthen, intensify,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intensify — [in ten′sə fī΄] vt. intensified, intensifying 1. to make intense or more intense; increase; strengthen 2. Photog. to make (a film, etc.) more dense or opaque by treating with an intensifier vi. to become intense or increase in intensity… …   English World dictionary

  • Intensify — In*ten si*fy, v. i. To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intensify — I verb add to, aggravate, amplificare, augere, augment, boost, concentrate, deepen, emphasize, enhance, escalate, exacerbate, exaggerate, heighten, increase, inflame, magnify, redouble, sharpen, step up, strengthen II index accrue (increase) …   Law dictionary

  • intensify — [v] make more forceful, severe accent, accentuate, add fuel*, add to, aggrandize, aggravate, augment, beef up*, boost, brighten, build up, concentrate, darken, deepen, emphasize, enhance, escalate, exacerbate, exalt, heat up*, heighten, increase …   New thesaurus

  • intensify — ► VERB (intensifies, intensified) ▪ make or become more intense. DERIVATIVES intensification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • intensify — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly ▪ dramatically, rapidly, sharply ▪ The fighting in the area has intensified sharply. ▪ gradually ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • intensify — verb a) To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity. b) To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy …   Wiktionary

  • intensify — UK [ɪnˈtensɪfaɪ] / US [ɪnˈtensɪˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms intensify : present tense I/you/we/they intensify he/she/it intensifies present participle intensifying past tense intensified past participle intensified if something …   English dictionary

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