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Pronounce Tense as T EH N S EH.

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Phonetic transcription for tense

  • Traditional IPA Phonetic transcription of tense: | tɛnsɛ |
  • Modern IPA Phonetic transcription of tense: | tɛnsɛ |

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Meanings for tense

stressful; worrying


a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time


in or of a state of physical or nervous tension


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


taut or rigid; stretched tight

"tense piano strings"

strain, tense(verb)

become stretched or tense or taut

"the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"


increase the tension on

"alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"

tense, tense up(verb)

become tense, nervous, or uneasy

"He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

tense, strain, tense up(verb)

cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

feeling or showing uncomfortable feelings of uncertainty

was tense about the upcoming bar exam

marked by or causing agitation or uncomfortable feelings

a tense relationship existed between the two teachers

stretched with little or no give

a tense rope

to draw tight

he tensed his muscles and attempted to lift the heavy appliance onto the truck

Example Sentences of tense

There was an intense pain in my head.

The heat was so intense that I fainted.

He made a pretense of knowing my father.

I am always tense before I get on an airplane.

I experienced intense cold at the South Pole last year.

I feel tense and agitated when I have too much work to do.

Tom often uses humor to defuse tense situations.

Tom is a very intense person.

Tom says that he always feel tense when Mary is in the room.

There was a tense atmosphere in the room.

Tense in different languages

  • gespanne styf tyd tempus Afrikaans
  • صيغة, صيغة الفعلArabic
  • temps tesar tens Catalan
  • slovesný čas napnout napjatý čas Czech
  • tempus gespannt zeit German
  • τεντωμένος τεταμένος χρόνος Greek
  • tiempo gramatical tiempo tenso Spanish
  • pingulduma aeg ajavorm pingne pinguldama pinev tempus pinguletõmmatud Estonian
  • jännittynyt tempus jännittää kireä aikaluokka aikamuoto jännittyä jännitetty hermostunut Finnish
  • tíðFaeroese
  • tendu temps French
  • feszült Hungarian
  • ժամանակ Armenian
  • tíð upptrekktur órólegur Icelandic
  • tempo Italian
  • 緊張, 時制Japanese
  • დრო Georgian
  • tempus Latin
  • напнат време Macedonian
  • tijd spannen opspannen tempus gespannen strak Dutch
  • czas Polish
  • tempo tensionar tenso estendido Portuguese
  • тугой напряжённый время натянутый Russian
  • spänd tempus Swedish
  • కాలముTegulu
  • zaman gergin Turkish

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