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English definition of “tense”

tense

verb [I/T] (MAKE STIFF)   /tens/
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 .
(Definition of tense verb (MAKE STIFF) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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