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
The Sabres created some tense moments in the third period, twice cutting the margin to one goal.New Capitals season, old names in the goal column as Caps beat Sabres in opener|Samantha Pell|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
Igor Bobic, a politics reporter at Huffington Post, captured the tense moment in a video he posted on Twitter.
While most advertisers have returned to those channels, there’s a sense that “the next couple of weeks will be tense,” noted one agency executive, adding that agencies “have to be ready to move at any moment” should there be more unrest.Marketing Briefing: The next weeks ‘will be tense’: Marketers brace for more social unrest|Kristina Monllos|January 12, 2021|Digiday
It’s usually billed as a horror comedy or a comedy thriller, but those labels undersell how tense and dark the film gets.One Good Thing: Housebound is the perfect horror comedy for the perpetually quarantined|Aja Romano|December 31, 2020|Vox
Extreme landingsSpeaking of landings, this February a giant A380 aircraft made a tense touchdown in strong crosswinds in London.These fascinating flying stories soared above a turbulent year|Rob Verger|December 29, 2020|Popular-Science
They sense you tensing up at peculiar moments, acting skittish, laughing a little too hard, over-feigning outrage or surprise.
She was trying so hard not to smile that her face kept tensing up.A Picture Says It All Or Does It? Judging an Author by Their Photo|Jennifer Miller|December 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All the while, I was tensing up, knowing that this unexpected time would (and did) make me late for a crucial work appointment.
Barring a little stiffness, which he removed by flexing and tensing his muscles, he felt very strong and capable.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
I felt that familiar tightening behind my eyes, that familiar tensing and hunching of my shoulders.Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred
I was esping the muscles in his stomach, under his loose clothing, for that first tensing sign of anger, but nothing showed.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
He rode for a quarter 192 of a mile in silence, his muscles slowly tensing as he watched.The Range Boss|Charles Alden Seltzer
She grew rigid under the shock of dire realization, tensing her muscles, without volition, as if to repel attack.Heart of the Blue Ridge|Waldron Baily
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”).