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English definition of “tension”

tension

noun
 
 
/ˈtenʃən/
NO TRUST [C, U] B2 a feeling of fear or anger between two groups of people who do not trust each other: ethnic/racial tension There are growing tensions between the two countries.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general wordsAnger and displeasure
BEING NERVOUS [U] B2 a feeling that you are nervous, worried, and not relaxed: You could feel the tension in the room as we waited for her to arrive.Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobias
TIGHT [U] how tight or stiff a muscle, rope, etc, is, or the quality of being tight or stiffTight and tightening
(Definition of tension from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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