in grammar is a class of adverbs that amplify or add emphasis to a gradable adjective (i.e. an adjective with a meaning capable of a range of force), such as extremely, greatly, highly, and very. Some adjectives are also classed as intensifiers, for example complete as in a complete fool, single as in not a single word, sure as in a sure sign, and whole as in a whole month.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • intensifier — [ ɛ̃tɑ̃sifje ] v. tr. <conjug. : 7> • 1868 au p. p.; de intense ♦ Rendre plus intense (au prix d un effort). ⇒ augmenter . Intensifier le commerce, la culture. Intensifier la lutte contre la drogue. ⇒ amplifier, renforcer. ♢ S INTENSIFIER v …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Intensifier — In*ten si*fi er, n. One who or that which intensifies or strengthens; in photography, an agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intensifier — [in ten′sə fī΄ər] n. 1. something that intensifies 2. Gram. an intensive word, prefix, etc. 3. Photog. any of several solutions used to increase the printing density of a negative …   English World dictionary

  • intensifier — UK [ɪnˈtensɪˌfaɪə(r)] / US [ɪnˈtensɪˌfaɪr] noun [countable] Word forms intensifier : singular intensifier plural intensifiers linguistics British a word that makes the meaning of another word stronger, for example adverbs such as very and… …   English dictionary

  • intensifier — [[t]ɪnte̱nsɪfaɪə(r)[/t]] intensifiers N COUNT In grammar, an intensifier is a word such as very or extremely which you can put in front of an adjective or adverb in order to make its meaning stronger. [TECHNICAL] …   English dictionary

  • intensifier — noun Date: 1835 one that intensifies; especially intensive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • INTENSIFIER — v. tr. Fournir un effort, faire preuve d’une activité plus intense, plus considérable …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • intensifier — /in ten seuh fuy euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that intensifies. 2. Gram. a word, esp. an adverb, or other linguistic element that indicates, and usually increases, the degree of emphasis or force to be given to the element it modifies, as very… …   Universalium

  • intensifier — noun A modifier such as very, terribly or damned that has little or no meaning of its own and serves to enhance and give additional emotional context to the word that it modifies …   Wiktionary

  • Intensifier — (фотографический) усилитель, раствор усилителя …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

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