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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 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, worriedRelated Words 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 confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; controlled, self-controlledAntonyms 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 agitating, anxious, creepy, disquieting, distressful, distressing, disturbing, fraught, hairy, nail-biting, nerve-racking (or nerve-wracking), restless, nervous, uneasy, unnerving, unsettling, worrisomeRelated Words bothersome, troublesome; foreboding, misgiving; discouraging, disheartening, strained; restive, restless, unrestful; awkward, embarrassingNear Antonyms restful; pacificAntonyms calming, comfortable, easy, peaceful, quiet, quieting, tranquil

  3. 3 stretched with little or no give a tense rope Synonyms rigid, taut, tightRelated Words firm, inflexible, stiff, tightened, unrelaxed, unyieldingNear Antonyms drooping, droopy, flaccid, floppy, hanging, lank, limp, loosened, relaxed, sagging, slackened, yielding; elastic, flexible, pliant, resilient, springy, stretchy, suppleAntonyms 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 strain, stretch, tauten, tightenRelated Words elongate, extend, lengthen; cinch, constrictNear Antonyms ease, relaxAntonyms loosen, slack, slacken



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