Definition of Tense in English :

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Tense meaning in English

Meaning of Tense in English

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1. tense

a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time


2. strain, tense

become stretched or tense or taut

Example Sentences:
'the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;'
'the rope strained when the weight was attached'

3. tense

increase the tension on

Example Sentences:
'alternately relax and tense your calf muscle'
'tense the rope manually before tensing the spring'

4. tense, tense up

become tense, nervous, or uneasy

Example Sentences:
'He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room'

5. strain, tense, tense up

cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

Example Sentences:
'he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up'


7. tense

pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in beat')

8. tense

taut or rigid; stretched tight

Example Sentences:
'tense piano strings'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of tense
stretched or stressed tightly; taut or rigid
under mental or emotional strain
producing mental or emotional strain
a tense day
(of a speech sound) pronounced with considerable muscular effort and having relatively precise accuracy of articulation and considerable duration
in English the vowel ( ) in 'beam' is tense
Compare lax1 (sense 4)
5. (often foll by up)
to make or become tense
a category of the verb or verbal inflections, such as present, past, and future, that expresses the temporal relations between what is reported in a sentence and the time of its utterance

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adjectiveWord forms: ˈtenser or ˈtensest
stretched tight; strained; taut
feeling, showing, or causing mental strain; anxious
3.  Phonetics
articulated with the jaw and tongue muscles relatively rigid
said of certain vowels, as (ē) and (o̅o) see also lax
verb transitive, verb intransitiveWord forms: tensed or ˈtensing
to make or become tense
a characteristic of verbs that indicates the time of the action or state of being that a verb expresses; also, an analytic category based on this characteristic
any of the forms a verb takes to indicate this characteristic
a set of such forms for a given time reference
the present tense of “be”

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adj. tens·er, tens·est
1. Tightly stretched; taut. See Synonyms at stiff, tight.
a. In a state of nervous tension or mental strain: was very tense before the exam.
b. Causing or characterized by nervous tension or mental strain: a tense standoff between border patrols.
3. Linguistics Enunciated with taut muscles, as the sound (ē) in keen.
tr. & intr.v. tensed, tens·ing, tens·es
To make or become tense.
1. A property of verbs in which the time of the action or state, as well as its continuance or completion, is indicated or expressed.
2. A category or set of verb forms that indicate or express the time, such as past, present, or future, of the action or state.

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