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adjective British English pronunciation: intense /ɪnˈtens/
  1. 1
    very great or extreme

    The pain was intense.

    He's been under intense pressure.

    an intense, vibrant red

    intense heat/cold/sunlight:

    Festivities began in the intense heat of the midday sun.

  2. 2
    involving or done with a lot of effort, energy, attention etc

    an intense stare

    This type of work requires intense concentration.

  3. 3
    feeling and showing emotions in a very strong way

    Some people find her hard to get along with because she's so intense.

    an intense person/personality/nature

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