1 in or of a state of physical or nervous tension [ant: relaxed]
2 pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') [ant: lax]
3 taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings" [ant: lax] n : a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
1 stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope" [syn: strain]
2 increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
3 become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room" [syn: tense up] [ant: relax]
- Rhymes with: -ɛns
Etymology 1From tens (modern French temps), from tempus.
verb forms distinguishing time
Etymology 2From tensus, past participle of tendere.
showing stress or strain
- To make or become tense.
make or become tense
- Czech: napnout
- Dutch: spannen, opspannen
Tense may refer to:*Grammatical tense, the inflection of a verb to indicate whether past, present, or future time is intended
tense in Simple English: Tense
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