Translation of "tense" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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tensenoun [ C ]

uk /tens/ us /tens/

B1 any of the forms of a verb which show the time at which an action happened

"I sing" is in the present tense and "I sang" is in the past tense.

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uk /tens/ us /tens/

tense adjective (NERVOUS)

B2 nervous and worried and unable to relax

She was very tense as she waited for the interview. 在等待面试时她非常紧张。

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. 比赛的下半场有几次紧张的局面。

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tense adjective (STRETCHED)

(of your body or part of the body) stretched tight and stiff


tenseverb [ I or T ]

uk /tens/ us /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. 别缩紧肩膀,放松点。
I could feel myself tense up as he touched my neck. 他摸我脖子时我能感觉到自己的身体绷紧了。
tensed up

very nervous and worried and unable to relax because of something that is going to happen

You seem all tensed up. Are you still waiting for that call? 你好像很紧张。你还在等那个电话吗?

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