intense vs intensive :

intense or intensive

If you are putting forth an intense effort, your work is “intense”: “Myintense study of Plato convinced me that I would make a good leader.”But when the intensity stems not so much from your effort as it does fromoutside forces, the usual word is “intensive”: “the village enduredintensive bombing.”

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  • a  possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
    intense heat
    intense anxiety
    intense desire
    intense emotion
    the skunk's intense acrid odor
    intense pain
    enemy fire was intense
  • s  extremely sharp or intense
    intense itching and burning
  • s  (of color) having the highest saturation
    intense blue

  • n  a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies
  • s  characterized by a high degree or intensity; often used as a combining form
    the questioning was intensive
    intensive care
    a labor-intensive industry
  • a  tending to give force or emphasis
    an intensive adverb
  • a  of agriculture; intended to increase productivity of a fixed area by expending more capital and labor
    intensive agriculture
    intensive conditions
News & Articles

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    ( Nationwide Children's Hospital ) An initiative that combines a multidisciplinary health care approach with a range of preventive measures could cut the rate of a common airway infection among children in intensive care by more than half, a new study suggests. The research, led by a team at Nationwide Children's Hospital, appears in the June issue of the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
    June 17, 2013 - EurekAlert!
  • Intensive entrepreneurship program coming to Jackson this fall
    An intensive entrepreneurship program is coming to Jackson this fall to help jump-start aspiring entrepreneurs and to encourage Wyoming’s economic growth and diversification.
    June 15, 2013 - Casper Star-Tribune
  • Man in intensive care after alleged felony assault
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    June 13, 2013 - Mill Valley Herald