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English definition of “intense”


adjective    /ɪnˈtens/
extreme : intense heat / cold a look of intense joy Intense work or thought requires a lot of effort : an intense 13-week course A person who is intense is very forceful and has strong emotions and opinions : He was young and intense, and silly , too.
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