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Definitions of tense:
  • noun:   a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • verb:   make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  • verb:   become tense or tenser
    Example: "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  • verb:   increase the tension on
    Example: "Tense a rope"
  • verb:   stretch or force to the limit
  • adjective:   taut or rigid; stretched tight
    Example: "Tense piano strings"
  • adjective:   pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
  • adjective:   in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

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