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English definition of “tense”


verb [I or T]     /tens/ (also tense up)
If you or your muscles tense, your muscles become stiff and tight because you are frightened or nervous , or are preparing yourself to do something: Don't tense your shoulders , just relax . I could feel myself tense up as he touched my neck .Tight and tightening tensed up very nervous and worried and unable to relax because of something that is going to happen : You seem very tensed up. Are you still waiting for that call ?Anxious and worried Grammar:Types of nounsA noun refers to a person, animal or thing. Some examples are:
(Definition of tense verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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