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tense

adjective  /tens/ us  

tense adjective (NERVOUS)

anxious, unable to relax, or causing anxiety: She was very tense as she waited for the interview. The family was faced with a tense financial situation. If a situation is tense, it causes feelings of worry or anxiety.

tense adjective (STIFF)

tight and stiff: Relax! Why are you so tense?

tense

noun [C]  /tens/ us  

tense noun [C] (VERB FORM)

grammar any of the forms of a verb which show the time at which an action happened: "I sing" is in the present tense and shows action happening now, and "I will sing" is in the future tense, showing action that will happen later.

tense

verb [I/T]  /tens/ us  

tense verb [I/T] (MAKE STIFF)

to make your body or muscles tight and stiff, or to become tight and stiff: [T] He tensed his body just before diving from the high board. [I] She tensed up as the car went faster and faster.
Translations of “tense”
in Korean 긴장한, 긴박한…
in Arabic مُتَوَتِّر, قَلِق, مُقْلِق…
in French temps…
in Turkish gergin, sinirli, huzursuz…
in Italian teso…
in Chinese (Traditional) (動詞的)時態…
in Russian напряженный…
in Polish spięty, nerwowy, napięty…
in Spanish tiempo…
in Portuguese tenso…
in German die Zeitform…
in Catalan tens…
in Japanese 緊張した, 気が張り詰めた, (状況などが)緊迫した…
in Chinese (Simplified) (动词的)时态…
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