From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishintensein‧tense /ɪnˈtens/ ●●○W3AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1STRONG FEELING OR BELIEFhaving a very strongeffect or felt very strongly 🔊 Young people today are under intense pressure to succeed. 🔊 the intense heat of the desert 🔊 The pain was so intense I couldn’t sleep. 🔊 He took an intense interest in all religious matters. 🔊 a look of intense dislike2LOT/LARGE NUMBER OR AMOUNTintenseactivity is very serious, uses a lot of effort, and often involves doing a great deal in a very short time 🔊 The job demands intense concentration. 🔊 At least 3,000 people were killed in a week of intense fighting.3STRONG FEELING OR BELIEFsomeone who is intense is serious and has very strong feelings or opinions – used to show disapproval 🔊 She’s a little too intense for me. —intensely adverb 🔊 He disliked Kate intensely.COLLOCATIONSnounsintense pressureThe prime minister is under intense pressure to call a general election.intense competitionThere is intense competition for places on the course.intense heatHe could feel the intense heat of the Egyptian sun.intense coldHe was shivering with intense cold.intense painShe felt an intense pain in her right shoulder.intense pleasureAnne read the letter with intense pleasure.an intense desireFred felt an intense desire to punch Max in the face.an intense interest in somethingThe police are aware of the intense interest in the case.intense dislikeHe had taken an intense dislike to Robert.intense activityThe opening of the restaurant was preceded by a period of intense activity.intense debateAbortion has become the subject of intense debate.intense negotiationsThe hostages were freed after intense negotiations.intense scrutiny (=being examined very carefully)The mining industry is coming under intense scrutiny over its environmental record.intense speculation (=a lot of guessing about what may have happened)After weeks of intense speculation, the actress announced that she was pregnant.intense oppositionLocals have voiced intense opposition to plans to expand the airport.intense feelings/emotionHer lips trembled with intense emotion.