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Definition 1: a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time - [noun denoting communication]

(tense is a kind of ...) (grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties

(... is a kind of tense ) a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

(... is a kind of tense ) a verb tense in some languages (classical Greek and Sanskrit) expressing action (especially past action) without indicating its completion or continuation

(... is a kind of tense ) a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the past

(... is a kind of tense ) a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future

(... is a kind of tense ) a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going

(... is a kind of tense ) a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)

Definition 2: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious - [verb of body]

Samples where tense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up

Synonyms for tense in the sense of this definition

(tense is a kind of ...) act physically on; have an effect upon

"the medicine affects my heart rate"

(... is a kind of tense ) extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body

"Stretch your legs!" "Extend your right arm above your head"

(tense causes ...) become tense, nervous, or uneasy

"He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

Definition 3: become tense, nervous, or uneasy - [verb of body]

Samples where tense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room

Synonyms for tense in the sense of this definition

(tense is a kind of ...) undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

"We turned from Socialism to Capitalism" "The people turned against the President when he stole the election"

Definition 4: increase the tension on - [verb of change]

Samples where tense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • alternately relax and tense your calf muscle
  • tense the rope manually before tensing the spring

(tense is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 5: become stretched or tense or taut - [verb of contact]

Samples where tense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
  • the rope strained when the weight was attached

Synonyms for tense in the sense of this definition

(tense is a kind of ...) become tight or tighter

"The rope tightened"

Definition 6: taut or rigid; stretched tight - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where tense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tense piano strings

(tense is similar to ...) too tightly strung

"an overstrung archery bow"

(tense is similar to ...) pulled or drawn tight

"taut sails" "a tight drumhead" "a tight rope"

(means also ...) closely constrained or constricted or constricting

"tight skirts" "he hated tight starched collars" "fingers closed in a tight fist" "a tight feeling in his chest"

Definition 7: pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') - [adjective denoting all]

(tense is similar to ...) especially tense; especially in some dialects

(tense belongs to category ...) the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

Definition 8: in or of a state of physical or nervous tension - [adjective denoting all]

(tense is similar to ...) tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline

"we were really pumped up for the race" "he was so pumped he couldn't sleep"

(tense is similar to ...) nor relaxed

"his life was drawing to a close in baffled zeal and unrelaxed strain"

(tense is similar to ...) showing signs of mental and emotional tension

"her voice was strained as she asked the question"

(tense is similar to ...) easily agitated

"a nervous addict" "a nervous thoroughbred"

(tense is similar to ...) of two or more muscles; having equal tension

(tense is similar to ...) (of a situation) exceptionally tense

"an atmosphere electric with suspicion"

(tense is similar to ...) being in a tense state

(tense is similar to ...) nervous and unable to relax

"a constant fretful stamping of hooves" "a restless child"

(tense is similar to ...) subjected to great tension; stretched tight

"the skin of his face looked drawn and tight" "her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow"

(tense is similar to ...) (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense

(tense is similar to ...) brought to a state of great tension

"all wound up for a fight"

(means also ...) lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance

"farmers were uneasy until rain finally came" "uneasy about his health" "gave an uneasy laugh" "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown" "an uneasy coalition government" "an uneasy calm" "an uneasy silence fell on the group"

(means also ...) troubled emotionally and usually deeply

"agitated parents"

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