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1 tense /ˈtɛns/ adjective
tenser; tensest
1 tense
/ˈtɛns/
adjective
tenser; tensest
Learner's definition of TENSE
: nervous and not able to relax
: showing or causing nervousness
: not relaxed but hard and tight

— tensely

adverb

— tenseness

noun [noncount]
2 tense /ˈtɛns/ verb
tenses; tensed; tensing
2 tense
/ˈtɛns/
verb
tenses; tensed; tensing
Learner's definition of TENSE
: to make (a muscle) hard and tight
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] : to become nervous or tense

— tensed

adjective [more tensed; most tensed]
3 tense /ˈtɛns/ noun
plural tenses
3 tense
/ˈtɛns/
noun
plural tenses
Learner's definition of TENSE
grammar
: a form of a verb that is used to show when an action happened
[count]
[noncount]
see also future tense, past tense, perfect tense, present tense
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