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tense

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of tense

  1. 1 feeling or showing uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty was tense about the upcoming bar exam Synonyms of tense aflutter, antsy, anxious, atwitter, dithery, edgy, goosey, het up, hinky [slang], hung up, ill at ease, insecure, jittery, jumpy, nervy, perturbed, queasy (also queazy), nervous, troubled, uneasy, unquiet, upset, uptight, worriedWords Related to tense aggrieved, bothered, concerned, disquieted, distraught, distressed, disturbed, freaked, freaked-out, shook-up; apprehensive, foreboding, hesitant, misgiving; fretful, fretting, stewing, vexed; qualmish, qualmy; flustered, twittered, undone, unnerved, unstrung; obsessed, preoccupied, restless; fidgety, flighty, fluttery, high-strung, hypertense, skittish, spookyNear Antonyms of tense confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; controlled, self-controlledAntonyms of tense calm, collected, cool, easy, happy-go-lucky, nerveless, relaxed

  2. 2 marked by or causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings a tense relationship existed between the two teachers Synonyms of tense agitating, anxious, creepy, disquieting, distressful, distressing, disturbing, fraught, hairy, nail-biting, nerve-racking (or nerve-wracking), restless, nervous, uneasy, unnerving, unsettling, worrisomeWords Related to tense bothersome, troublesome; foreboding, misgiving; discouraging, disheartening, strained; restive, restless, unrestful; awkward, embarrassingNear Antonyms of tense restful; pacificAntonyms of tense calming, comfortable, easy, peaceful, quiet, quieting, tranquil

  3. 3 stretched with little or no give a tense rope Synonyms of tense rigid, taut, tightWords Related to tense firm, inflexible, stiff, tightened, unrelaxed, unyieldingNear Antonyms of tense drooping, droopy, flaccid, floppy, hanging, lank, limp, loosened, relaxed, sagging, slackened, yielding; elastic, flexible, pliant, resilient, springy, stretchy, suppleAntonyms of tense lax, loose, slack


tense

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of tense

  1. to draw tight he tensed his muscles and attempted to lift the heavy appliance onto the truck Synonyms of tense strain, stretch, tauten, tightenWords Related to tense elongate, extend, lengthen; cinch, constrictNear Antonyms of tense ease, relaxAntonyms of tense loosen, slack, slacken



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