One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that intensifies.
- ‘Therefore, the people, far from figuring as the subject of politics, serve as intensifier of Bacon's charismatic leadership.’
- ‘You can also use it in conjunction with other intensifiers, such as descending sets.’
- ‘Stage 1: thermogenic intensifiers to burn fat, suppress appetite and give intense jitter-free energy.’
- ‘Routine intensifiers: when the advanced fitness aficionado gets stuck in a workout rut, it's time to shake things up and take your training to the next level.’
- ‘The eliding of text in the lyric is a great intensifier, if qualification or fragmentation of narrative consciousness is what you're after.’
- ‘We've compiled the 10 best intensifiers - proven methods for recharging your progress - and, this month, we'll analyze five.’
- ‘We are using IMF as shorthand for the entire grouping of moral hazard intensifiers we listed at the outset!’
- ‘For each mouse, the gain of the light intensifier was kept constant during all the measurements.’
- ‘It employs a hydraulic intensifier to boost injection pressure.’
- ‘Flavor intensifiers are being tested as a way to promote weight loss and an alternative diet.’
- ‘Is it anything more than an intensifier of no relevant constitutional content, Mr Young?’
- 1.1Photography A chemical used to intensify a negative.
- ‘He later used a silver-based intensifier to enhance the foreground of this famous negative.’
- 1.2Grammar An adverb used to give force or emphasis, for example really in my feet are really cold.
- ‘It belongs to the class that grammarians call intensifiers.’
- ‘This interview with the screenwriter reports that the phrase can be used as an all-purpose intensifier.’
- ‘Some words and phrases used as quantifiers can also be used as intensifiers, as in: much nicer; much less; many more; a little better; a lot older; a lot too old; a bit too much.’
- ‘Because of the goal of intensifiers, it is not uncommon to be repetitive when using them.’
- ‘You could argue, of course, that the over- of oversimplistic is chiefly an intensifier.’
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