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tense

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French tens (modern French temps), from Latin tempus.

NounEdit

tense (plural tenses)

  1. (grammar) Any of the forms of a verb which distinguish when an action or state of being occurs or exists.
    The basic tenses in English are present, past, and future.
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VerbEdit

tense (third-person singular simple present tenses, present participle tensing, simple past and past participle tensed)

  1. (grammar, transitive) To apply a tense to.
    tensing a verb

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin tensus, past participle of tendere (stretch).

AdjectiveEdit

tense (comparative tenser, superlative tensest)

  1. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
    You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.
  2. Pulled taut, without any slack.
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VerbEdit

tense (third-person singular simple present tenses, present participle tensing, simple past and past participle tensed)

  1. To make or become tense.
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ParticipleEdit

tense

  1. vocative masculine singular of tensus

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

tense

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of tensar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of tensar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of tensar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of tensar.