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Dictionary definition for: Tense

1. (n) a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

2. (v) stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"

3. (a) in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

4. (v) increase the tension on; "tense a rope"

5. (a) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in "beat'')

6. (v) become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

7. (a) taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"

8. (v) make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;

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