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  Definition of tense
  1. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  2. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  3. become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  4. increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
  5. stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"
  6. taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
  7. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat'')
  8. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
Similar Words: strain, tense up

 

See Also: tight, agitated, uneasy

 

Hyponyms: present, present tense, aorist, past, past tense, future, future tense, progressive, progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, continuous tense, perfective, perfective tense, perfect, perfect tense, crick, stretch, extend

 

Derivational Morphology: strain, tension, tensity, tenseness, tautness, tensor

 

Anagrams: stent, Enets, sente, teens

 

Language Translations:
Afrikaans: tyd   Dutch: tijd  
Finnish: aikamuoto   French: temps  
German: Zeit   Icelandic: tíð  
Italian: tempo   Japanese: 時制  
Polish: czas   Spanish: tiempo  
Swedish: tempus  
 
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