Translation of "tense" - English-Traditional 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. 她等待面試時非常緊張。

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. 比賽下半場有幾次緊張的局面。

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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. 別縮緊肩膀,放鬆點。
I could feel myself tense up as he touched my neck. 他摸我脖子時,我能感覺到自己的身體繃緊了。
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? 你好像很緊張。你還在等那個電話嗎?

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