Origin of tense1
OTHER WORDS FROM tensetensely, adverbtenseness, nounun·tens·ing, adjective
Other definitions for tense (2 of 2)
Origin of tense2
OTHER WORDS FROM tensetenseless, adjectivetense·less·ly, adverbtense·less·ness, noun
How to use tense in a sentence
My apologies if the tenses in the preceeding sentence are grammatically incorrect.Royal Baby Is First Person To Get a Wikipedia Page Before It Is Born|Tom Sykes|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Roinsard fielded questions in a heavy French accent, frequently mixing up his tenses and appealing to a translator for a lifeline.
He plays fast and loose with tenses, slipping into the present, stopping the reader short in front of a brick wall.Great Weekend Reads: 4 New Novels, November 13, 2011|Susan Salter Reynolds, Christopher Byrd, John Wilwol, Jennifer Miller|November 13, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Anyone who has tried to learn a second language is familiar with the maddening irregular verbs, conjugations, and tenses.
Berault is behind the times in retaining most of the Latin cases and tenses.
Gossip in all its moods and tenses, from the vague indicative of mere innuendo, to the full subjunctive of open defamation!The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
Verbs of this form introduce the ς into the future and other inflected tenses, as πείσω, πεύσομαι.
Provision defining the words and phrases, and covering all tenses, pronouns and both sexes.
In all the moods and tenses of the little maid the doctor looked for and found reminiscences of her mother.The Major|Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for tense (1 of 2)
Derived forms of tensetensely, adverbtenseness, noun
Word Origin for tense
British Dictionary definitions for tense (2 of 2)
Derived forms of tensetenseless, adjective
Word Origin for tense
Cultural definitions for tense
An inflectional (see inflection) form of verbs; it expresses the time at which the action described by the verb takes place. The major tenses are past, present, and future. The verb in “I sing” is in the present tense; in “I sang,” past tense; in “I will sing,” future tense. Other tenses are the present perfect (“I have sung”), the past perfect (“I had sung”), and the future perfect (“I will have sung”).