Translation of "tense" - English-Portuguese dictionary


adjective uk /tens/ us /tens/

nervous and not able to relax

The students looked tense as they waited for their exam results.

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 (verbal)
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.

Don’t tense your shoulders – just relax.

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