tense (plural tenses)
- (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.
verb forms distinguishing time
- Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
- You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.
- Pulled taut, without any slack.
showing stress or strain
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- To make or become tense.
make or become tense