Translation of "tense" - English-Japanese dictionary

tense

adjective uk /tens/ us /tens/

nervous and not able to relax

緊張した, 気が張り詰めた
The students looked tense as they waited for their exam results.

A tense situation makes you feel nervous.

(状況などが)緊迫した
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.

(文法)時制
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.

力が入る, ~に力を入れる
Don’t tense your shoulders – just relax.

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