- 1. tense, grammatical category, syntactic category
- usage: a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
- 1. strain, tense, tighten
- usage: become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
- 2. tense, change, alter, modify
- usage: increase the tension on; "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"
- 3. tense, tense up, change state, turn
- usage: become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
- 4. tense, strain, tense up, affect
- usage: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
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- 1. tense (vs. relaxed), aroused, wound up, cliff-hanging, suspenseful, suspensive, nail-biting, taut, antsy, fidgety, fretful, itchy, edgy, high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, restive, uptight, electric, isotonic, nervous, strained, unrelaxed, pumped-up(prenominal), pumped up(predicate), pumped(predicate), wired, agitated, uneasy
- usage: in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
- 2. tense (vs. lax), constricted
- usage: pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
- 3. tense (vs. lax), overstrung, taut, tight, tight
- usage: taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
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