how to pronounce intensive


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intensive is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of intensive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and computer intensive mathematical …”

meanings of intensive


  1. Characterized by persistence; intent; assiduous.
  2. Related to the need to manage life-threatening conditions by means of sophisticated life support and monitoring.
  3. Highly concentrated.
  4. Demanding; requiring a great amount of work etc.
  5. Serving to give force or emphasis.
  6. Stretched; allowing intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified.
  7. Thorough; to a great degree; with intensity.


  1. Form of a word with a stronger or more forceful sense than the root on which the intensive is built.

intensive frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word intensive occurs in english on average 5.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics intensive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that intensive can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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