tensenoun [ C ]uk /tens/ us /tens/
tense adjective (NERVOUS)
- This attack will exacerbate the already tense relations between the two communities.
- The weeks following the riots were extremely tense.
- For a few tense minutes, the astronauts lost radio contact with mission control.
- Hendry won the world snooker title after a tense 35-frame final.
tenseverb [ I or T ]uk /tens/ us /tens/ also tense up