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tense

adjective

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2 marked by or causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings
  • a tense relationship existed between the two teachers

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3 stretched with little or no give
  • a tense rope

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tense

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of tense (Entry 2 of 2)

to draw tight
  • he tensed his muscles and attempted to lift the heavy appliance onto the truck

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The first known use of tense was in the 14th century

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“Tense.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tense. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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