Definitions of tense

  1. become tense or tenser; " He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  2. increase the tension on; " tense a rope"
  3. Tensest.
  4. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  5. One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time.
  6. A change in the form of a verb, showing the time of the action expressed; a verb form which indicates a certain distinction of time by changing its form or by the help of auxiliaries.
  7. The form of a verb to indicate the time of the action.
  8. Form of a verb to indicate time.
  9. A form taken by a verb to indicate the time of an action, state, etc.
  10. An inflection in verbs to distinguish the time of the action.
  11. That form or modification of the verb by which time is expressed.
  12. Tenser.
  13. taut or rigid; stretched tight; " tense piano strings"
  14. ( phonetics) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles ( e. g., the vowel sound in ` beat')
  15. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
  16. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  17. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles ( e. g., the vowel sound in ` beat')
  18. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.
  19. Drawn tightly; not lax; severely strained; rigid; tense nerves.
  20. Strained to stiffness: rigid.
  21. Strained tight.
  22. Stretched tight.
  23. Stretched: strained to stiffness.
  24. Drawn tight; stretched; rigid.
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