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Meaning of INTENSIVE

Pronunciation:  in'tensiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"
  2. [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"
  3. [adj]  of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor; "intensive agriculture"; "intensive conditions"
  4. [adj]  tending to give force or emphasis; "an intensive adverb"

INTENSIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: intense, intensifier
 Antonyms: extensive
 See Also: modifier, qualifier



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*ten"sive\, a. [Cf. F. intensif. See {Intense}.]
    1. Stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree;
       that can be intensified. --Sir M. Hale.
    2. Characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted;
       assiduous; intense. [Obs.] --Sir H. Wotton.
    3. (Gram.) Serving to give force or emphasis; as, an
       intensive verb or preposition.
  2. \In*ten"sive\, n.
    That which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or
  3. \In*ten"sive\, a. (Agric.)
    Designating, or pertaining to, any system of farming or
    horticulture, usually practiced on small pieces of land, in
    which the soil is thoroughly worked and fertilized so as to
    get as much return as possible; -- opposed to {extensive}.
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