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English definition of “tense”

tense

adjective (NERVOUS)    /tens/
B2 nervous and worried and unable to relax: She was very tense as she waited for the interview.Anxious and worried B2 If a situation is tense, it causes feelings of worry or nervousness: There were some tense moments in the second half of the game.Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset tensely     /ˈtens.li/ adverb tenseness     /ˈtens.nəs/ noun [U] Tight and tightening
(Definition of tense adjective (NERVOUS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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