What's one word that means, "the (current/ongoing) act of increasing in intensity"?

I thought Intension had this secondary definition but I can't seem to find any reference.

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    It's not much used (I didn't know it, though that may not be saying much! :), but the full OED has intension defn 3 a: Increase of degree or force; augmentation, intensification. (Opp. to remission.) Mar 5, 2015 at 22:34
  • @FumbleFingers thank you, I though I had known this was true! If you put it as the answer I will accept it because it's the one I was looking for. Mar 5, 2015 at 23:45
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    I'm a little diffident about that, for two reasons. First, the definition I cited (one of five in the full OED) isn't in their "public access" dictionary, and I prefer not to post answers citing sources not everyone can access. More importantly, OED's last citation for that sense is 1842 - and although they don't actually identify it as "obsolete", I suspect it probably is. But you can copy my comment, post it as an answer yourself, and accept it, if you want. And grab yourself a bit of rep! Mar 6, 2015 at 13:30
  • (I upvoted @Paul's intensification because I think that's the best word. But you asked the question, so it's up to you what you accept! :) Mar 6, 2015 at 13:32
  • @FumbleFingers actually I see your point regarding the public access and citing sources everyone can access readily. I'll put Paul's answer as correct as my question is kind of halfway here, halfway there. The important thing for me here is that I know I had the proper feeling about this word "Intension" so your confirmation that I'm not crazy is good enough for me :-) Mar 6, 2015 at 18:18

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I think an appropriate answer would be intensification.

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