Translation of "tense" - English-Italian dictionary


adjective uk /tens/ us /tens/

nervous and not able to relax

The students looked tense as they waited for their exam results. Gli studenti avevano l’aspetto teso mentre aspettavano i risultati dell’esame.

A tense situation makes you feel nervous.

noun uk /tens/ us /tens/

B1 in grammar, the form of a verb that shows the time at which an action happened. For example, ‘I sing’ is in the present tense and ‘I sang’ is in the past tense.

tempo (grammaticale)
verb uk /tens/ us /tens/ also tense up

If your muscles tense, they become tight and stiff, and if you tense them, you make them do this.

tendere, tendersi
Don’t tense your shoulders – just relax. Non irrigidire le spalle – rilassati.

(Translation of “tense” from the Cambridge English–Italian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)