tense
Pronunciation Noun

tense (plural tenses)

  1. (grammar, countable) 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.
  2. (linguistics, grammar, countable) An inflection form of a verb that indicates tense.
    English only has a present tense and a past tense; it has no future tense.
  3. (linguistics, uncountable) The property of indicating the point in time at which an action or state of being occurs or exists.
    Dyirbal verbs are not inflected for tense.
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Translations Verb

tense (tenses, present participle tensing; past and past participle tensed)

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

tense (comparative tenser, superlative tensest)

  1. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
    Synonyms: stressed, unrelaxed
    You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.
  2. Pulled taut, without any slack.
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tense (tenses, present participle tensing; past and past participle tensed)

  1. To make or become tense.
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