adjective, tens·er, tens·est.
verb (used with or without object), tensed, tens·ing.
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Origin of tense1
OTHER WORDS FROM tensetensely, adverbtenseness, nounun·tens·ing, adjective
Definition for tense (2 of 2)
Origin of tense2
OTHER WORDS FROM tensetenseless, adjectivetense·less·ly, adverbtense·less·ness, noun
Example sentences from the Web for tense
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.
To this interesting point of Maori criticism we shall return when we treat on the tenses; vid.Grammar of the New Zealand language (2nd edition)|Robert Maunsell
Except when great accuracy is desired, these tenses, like those of the active voice are not often used.A Complete Grammar of Esperanto|Ivy Kellerman Reed
Present, past, and future tenses are much more easily distinguished and retained if the teacher illustrates them by actions.The Principles of Language-Study|Harold E. Palmer
I used to curl up in it before the fire, to read or dream or cry in it, till it knows me in all my moods and tenses.Mary Ware's Promised Land|Annie Fellows Johnston
The perfect and pluperfect subjunctives are of course formed by means of the subjunctive present and past tenses of "have."Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler
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”).