I. adjective Date: 15th century of, relating to, or marked by intensity or intensification: as a. highly concentrated <
intensive study
b. tending to strengthen or increase; especially tending to give force or emphasis <
intensive adverb
c. constituting or relating to a method designed to increase productivity by the expenditure of more capital and labor rather than by increase in scope <
intensive farming
intensively adverbintensiveness noun II. noun Date: 1813 an intensive linguistic element

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