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1. tense

noun. ['ˈtɛns'] a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time.

Synonyms

  • imperfect tense
  • present
  • past tense
  • progressive
  • imperfect
  • continuous tense
  • grammatical category
  • syntactic category
  • perfect
  • perfective
  • present tense
  • progressive tense
  • perfect tense
  • perfective tense
  • future tense
  • future
  • past

Antonyms

  • quiet
  • unexcited
  • patient
  • composed

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Tense

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  • ferenc
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  • pense
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  • fence
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  • bence

Example sentences of the word tense


1. Noun, singular or mass
Remove yourself from the situation and give yourself as much time as you need to feel less tense.

2. Adjective
And if they feel like another employee is to blame for their problems, a tense situation can occur.

3. Verb, base form
A cervical disk bulge can cause your posture to suffer due to tense muscles.

Quotes containing the word tense


1. The past is always tense, the future perfect.
- Zadie Smith

2. Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
- Joan Lunden

3. I’ve had a tense couple of days. And I’ve got to tell you, burning someone’s face off sounds like a great way to relax.
- Jim Butcher, Small Favor

2. tense

adjective. ['ˈtɛns'] pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat').

Antonyms

  • wireless

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

3. tense

verb. ['ˈtɛns'] increase the tension on.

Synonyms

  • change
  • alter

Antonyms

  • unsexy
  • passionless
  • unawakened

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

4. tense

adjective. ['ˈtɛns'] taut or rigid; stretched tight.

Synonyms

  • overstrung
  • tight

Antonyms

  • lax
  • decisive
  • smooth

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

5. tense

adjective. ['ˈtɛns'] in or of a state of physical or nervous tension.

Synonyms

  • jumpy
  • wired
  • uptight
  • isotonic
  • agitated
  • cliff-hanging
  • highly strung
  • nervous
  • pumped up
  • pumped-up
  • uneasy
  • jittery
  • edgy
  • electric
  • taut
  • nail-biting
  • restive
  • fretful
  • aroused
  • strained
  • unrelaxed
  • wound up
  • suspenseful
  • pumped
  • itchy
  • overstrung
  • high-strung
  • antsy
  • nervy
  • fidgety

Antonyms

  • relaxed
  • unagitated
  • unbound
  • hypertonic

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

6. tense

verb. ['ˈtɛns'] cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious.

Synonyms

  • tense up
  • extend
  • affect
  • strain

Antonyms

  • unstrain
  • steady
  • untroubled
  • unexcitable

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

7. tense

verb. ['ˈtɛns'] become tense, nervous, or uneasy.

Synonyms

  • turn
  • tense up

Antonyms

  • comfortable
  • restful
  • unexciting

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)

8. tense

verb. ['ˈtɛns'] become stretched or tense or taut.

Synonyms

  • strain

Antonyms

  • graceful
  • painless

Etymology

  • tens (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • tempus (Latin)
  • tensus (Latin)
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