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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 Tense–aspect–mood, a
  • Present tense: For other uses, see Present tense (disambiguation). The present tense is a grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event
  • Grammatical tense: In grammar, tense is a category that expresses time reference. Tenses are usually manifested by the use of specific forms of verbs, particularly in their
  • Past tense: For other uses, see Past tense (disambiguation). The past tense is a grammatical tense whose principal function is to place an action or situation in
  • Nonpast tense: A nonpast tense (abbreviated NPST) is a grammatical tense that distinguishes a verbal action as taking place in times present or future, as opposed to
  • Nonfuture tense: A nonfuture tense (abbreviated NFUT) is a grammatical tense that distinguishes a verbal action as having taken place in times past or times present, as
  • Hesternal tense: A hesternal tense (abbreviated HEST) is a past tense for the previous day. (Hesterno is Latin for yesterday.) Hesternal tense refers to an event which
  • Tenseness: vowels. For other uses, see Tension (disambiguation). In phonology, tenseness is a particular vowel quality that is phonemically contrastive in many
  • Relative and absolute tense: Relative tense and absolute tense are distinct possible uses of the grammatical category of tense. Absolute tense means the grammatical expression of time

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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


  • Nigeria awaits tense poll results, UN chief calls for calm
    Nigerians on Monday awaited the first results of a closely fought general election pitting President Goodluck Jonathan against ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for calm after deadly riots followed 2011 polls. The United Nations Secretary General congratulated Nigeria for holding a "largely peaceful and orderly" ballot, a Read more on this news related to 'Tense'
  • Conte set for tense friendly against England
    Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been given a warm welcome on his return to Turin but the Italy boss could be under the spotlight when the Azzurri host England in a friendly on Tuesday. Conte is considered a legend by the 'Bianconeri' part of the northern Italian city having won three consecutive league titles as coach of Juventus. Italy could only Read more on this news related to 'Tense'
  • Ukraine's East Remains Tense; Rally Planned for Ousted Governor
    Three government soldiers were wounded overnight, said Andriy Lysenko during his daily briefing in Kiev on Saturday. President Petro Poroshenko faces a new pressure point as allies of former Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky, who backed the government against rebels in the past year, prepare a demonstration on the city’s central square. Kolomoisky, 52, a b Read more on this news related to 'Tense'

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