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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
tense (noun)
a distinction of form in a verb to express distinctions of time or duration of the action or state it denotes
a) a set of inflectional forms of a verb that express distinctions of time
b) an inflectional form of a verb expressing a specific time distinction
tense (adjective)
stretched tight made taut - rigid tense muscles
a) feeling or showing nervous - tension a tense smile
b) marked by strain or suspense - a tense thriller
produced with the muscles involved in a relatively tense state - the vowels \?\ and \ü\ in contrast with the vowels \i\ and \u?\ are tense
tense (verb)
transitive verb
intransitive verb
to make tense to become tense - tensed up and missed the putt
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