Translation of "tense" - English-Catalan dictionary


adjective uk /tens/ us /tens/

nervous and not able to relax

The students looked tense as they waited for their exam results.

A tense situation makes you feel nervous.

noun uk /tens/ us /tens/

B1 in grammar, the form of a verb that shows the time at which an action happened. For example, ‘I sing’ is in the present tense and ‘I sang’ is in the past tense.

verb uk /tens/ us /tens/ also tense up

If your muscles tense, they become tight and stiff, and if you tense them, you make them do this.

Don’t tense your shoulders – just relax.

(Translation of “tense” from the Cambridge English-Catalan Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)