1. (especially of a muscle) stretched tight or rigid.
    "she tried to relax her tense muscles"
    taut · stretched tight · tight · rigid · stretched · strained · stiff
    • phonetics
      (of a speech sound, especially a vowel) pronounced with the vocal muscles stretched tight.The opposite of lax.
  2. unable to relax because of nervousness, anxiety, or stimulation.
    "he was tense with excitement"
tenses (third person present) · tensed (past tense) · tensed (past participle) · tensing (present participle)
  1. become tense, typically through anxiety or nervousness.
    "her body tensed up"
late 17th century: from Latin tensus ‘stretched’, from the verb tendere.
tenses (plural noun)
  1. a set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time (and sometimes also the continuance or completeness) of the action in relation to the time of the utterance.
    "the future tense"
Middle English (in the general sense ‘time’): from Old French tens, from Latin tempus ‘time’.
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How to use tense in a sentence?
a tense thriller about a diamond heist that goes badly wrong.
relations between the two neighbouring states were tense.
carefully stretch and then tense your muscles.
the merger of tense and lax vowels before ‘l’.
your muscles tense in readiness for action.
she tried to relax her tense muscles.
the semantics of tense and aspect.
he was tense with excitement.
they waited in tense silence.
a tense promotion decider.
her body tensed up.
the future tense.
How to say tense in other languages?
Laguages Translations
Afrikaans (ADJECTIVE)gespanne
Arabic (ADJECTIVE)متوترة, المتوترة, التوتر, توترا, توتر, مشدود
Bangla কাল
Bosnian (Latin) napeta
Bulgarian (ADJECTIVE)напрегната
Cantonese (Traditional) 緊張
Catalan (ADJECTIVE)tensa, tensos, tenses
Chinese Simplified 紧张
Chinese Traditional 緊張
Croatian (ADJECTIVE)napet
Czech (ADJECTIVE)napjaté, nervózní
Danish (ADJECTIVE)anspændt, spændt
Dutch (ADJECTIVE)gespannen, spannende
Estonian (ADJECTIVE)pingeline
Fijian vosa
Filipino panahunan
Finnish (ADJECTIVE)jännittynyt, kireä, aikamuodossa
French (ADJECTIVE)tendue, crispé
German (ADJECTIVE)angespannt, verspannt, verkrampft, nervös
(NOUN)Zeitform, tempus
Greek (ADJECTIVE)τεταμένη, ένταση
Haitian Creole ou tansyon
Hebrew (ADJECTIVE)מתוח, מתוחה, מתוחים, לחוץ, לחוצה
Hindi (ADJECTIVE)तनाव
Hmong Daw tshee
Hungarian (ADJECTIVE)feszült
Icelandic (NOUN)spenntur
Indonesian (ADJECTIVE)tegang
Italian (ADJECTIVE)tesa, teso, tese, tesi, tensione
Japanese (NOUN)時制, テンス
(ADJECTIVE)緊張, 強烈, 緊迫, 緊張感
Kiswahili wasiwasi
Korean (NOUN)시제
Latvian (ADJECTIVE)saspringta, saspīlēto, saltais
Lithuanian (ADJECTIVE)įtempta
Malagasy iharanadia
Malay (Latin) tegang
Norwegian Bokmål spent
Persian (ADJECTIVE)تنش
Polish (ADJECTIVE)napięta, spięty
Portuguese (ADJECTIVE)tenso, tensa, nervoso
Querétaro Otomi Ar pa
Romanian (ADJECTIVE)tensionată, încordaţi
Russian (ADJECTIVE)напряженной, натянутые
Samoan o le faaaogaaga neiavea
Serbian (Cyrillic) напета
Serbian (Latin) napeta
Slovak (ADJECTIVE)napätá, nervózny
Slovenian (ADJECTIVE)napete
Spanish (ADJECTIVE)tenso, nerviosa
Swedish (ADJECTIVE)spänd, spänt
Tahitian parau
Tamil காலம்
Telugu ఉద్రిక్త
Thai เครียด
Tongan lea ngaue he taimi
Turkish (ADJECTIVE)gergin, gerilmiş
Ukrainian (ADJECTIVE)напруженою
Urdu تناؤ کا شکار
Vietnamese (ADJECTIVE)căng thẳng
Welsh (NOUN)amser
Yucatec Maya k'iin
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