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tense

 
Adjective tense has 3 senses
  1. tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
    Antonyms:
    relaxed, at ease, degage, easygoing, laid-back, mellow, unstrained
  2. tense - pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
    Antonym:
    lax
  3. tense - taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
    Antonyms:
    lax, drooping, droopy, sagging, floppy, loose, slack, loose-jointed, relaxed, tensionless
Noun tense has 1 sense
  1. tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
    --1 is a kind of
    grammatical category, syntactic category
    --1 has particulars:
     present, present tense; aorist; past, past tense; future, future tense; progressive, progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, continuous tense; perfective, perfective tense, perfect, perfect tense
Verb tense has 4 senses
  1. strain, tense - stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"
    --1 is one way to tighten
    Derived forms: noun tension5, noun tension6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  2. tense - increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
    --2 is one way to
    change, alter, modify
    Derived forms: noun tension5, noun tension6
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
  3. tense, tense up - become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
    --3 is one way to change state, turn
    Antonyms: relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, decompress, slow down
    Derived forms: noun tension3, noun tensor2
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody's (body part) ----s
  4. tense, strain, tense up - make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
    --4 is one way to affect
    Antonyms: relax, unstrain, unlax, loosen up, unwind, make relaxed
    Derived form: noun tension3
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s somebody
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