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 tense tense

adj

  • taut or rigid; stretched tight  ( tense )
    taut or rigid; stretched tight
     tense piano strings
    tense piano strings
  • pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in beat')  ( tense )
    pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in beat')
  • in or of a state of physical or nervous tension  ( tense )
    in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
  • noun

  • ( ) a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time  ( tense )
    a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • verb

  • cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious  ( strain, tense, tense up )
    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
     he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
    he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
  • become tense, nervous, or uneasy  ( tense, tense up )
    become tense, nervous, or uneasy
     He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room
    He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room
  • increase the tension on  ( tense )
    increase the tension on
     alternately relax and tense your calf muscle
    alternately relax and tense your calf muscle
     tense the rope manually before tensing the spring
    tense the rope manually before tensing the spring
  • become stretched or tense or taut  ( strain, tense )
    become stretched or tense or taut
     the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
    the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
     the rope strained when the weight was attached
    the rope strained when the weight was attached


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