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tense1

tense1

 
 
pronunciation:
tens
parts of speech:
adjective, verb
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: tenser, tensest
definition 1: pulled or stretched tightly.
The strings on a violin must be tense.
synonyms:
stretched, taut, tight
antonyms:
slack
similar words:
drawn, inflexible, rigid, stiff
definition 2: unable to relax one's body or emotions.
My father sounds tense when I call him at work.
synonyms:
high-strung, nervous
antonyms:
calm, placid
similar words:
anxious, edgy, on edge
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: tensed, tenses, tensing
definition: to make or become tense.
He tensed his leg muscles.The dog tensed at the sound of footsteps outside.
synonyms:
tighten
antonyms:
relax
similar words:
constrict, contract
derivations: tensely (adv.), tenseness (n.)
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The word tense contains the following part:
tend, tent, tens Latin root that means stretch