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    tense

    tense - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tense

    Definition
    (noun) a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time Definition
    (verb) become stretched or tense or taut
    Synonyms : strain
    Example Sentence
    • the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;
    • the rope strained when the weight was attached
    Definition
    (verb) increase the tension on
    Example Sentence
    • alternately relax and tense your calf muscle
    • tense the rope manually before tensing the spring
    Definition
    (verb) become tense, nervous, or uneasy
    Synonyms : tense up
    Example Sentence
    • He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room
    Definition
    (verb) cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
    Synonyms : strain , tense up
    Example Sentence
    • he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
    Definition
    (adj) in or of a state of physical or nervous tension Definition
    (adj) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') Definition
    (adj) taut or rigid; stretched tight
    Example Sentence
    • tense piano strings
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