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Tense Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  • become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  • increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
  • stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"
  • taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
  • pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat'')
  • in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Tense'


  • Tense: Tense may refer to: Grammatical tense , a grammatical category expressing the time when a state or action denoted by a verb occurs ...
  • Grammatical tense: In grammar , tense is a category that locates a situation in time, to indicate when the situation takes place Tense is the ... the past ; " ...
  • Tense–aspect–mood: Tense–aspect–mood, commonly abbreviated tam and also called tense–modality–aspect or tma, is the grammatical system in a language that ...
  • Tenseness: In phonology , tenseness is a particular vowel quality that is phonemically contrastive in many languages, including English , in which ...
  • Tense (album): Tense is the seventh Korean studio album (thirteenth overall) by South Korean pop duo TVXQ . It was released on January 6, 2014 by S.M. ...

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'Tense' example sentence in quotations


* Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. 'Light Give me light' was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour. - Hellen Keller

* To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil. - Pearl Bailey

* Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. - Bruce Lee


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Tense Sample Sentences in News


  • Stokes revels in 'tense' final win
    England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits it was "tense the whole way through" after helping Durham lift the One-Day Cup. Read more on this news related to 'Tense'
  • Tense moments disturb town hall meeting
    Tough talk at Monday's town hall meeting at the Washington Branch Library led to Councilman Ben Gray storming out. Read more on this news related to 'Tense'
  • Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days
    Pennsylvania State Troopers meet in the parking lot at the Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, Sept, 20, 2014, near Canadensis, Pa., during the search for suspected killer Eric Frein. Read more on this news related to 'Tense'

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