[ UK /tˈɛns/ ]
[ US /ˈtɛns/ ]
  1. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
  2. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
  3. taut or rigid; stretched tight
    tense piano strings
  1. increase the tension on
    alternately relax and tense your calf muscle
    tense the rope manually before tensing the spring
  2. become tense, nervous, or uneasy
    He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room
  3. become stretched or tense or taut
    the rope strained when the weight was attached
    the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
  4. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
    he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
  1. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
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How To Use tense In A Sentence

  • The stable oily liquid, which absorbs intense heat, was used as a coolant for electrical transformers and capacitors.
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  • enemy fire was intense
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  • Apart from intense competition in the retail savings market, banks and building societies also compete strongly in the market for house finance.
  • Intense sunlight may be a trigger to skin cancer.
  • Listening to this intense young man, there is little doubt he has done things the hard way; no favours doled out and none asked for.
  • The stakeholders are frighteningly numerous, diverse, intensely self-interested, and powerful.
  • Identification includes much less intense and less exclusive attitudes.
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