tense [1] ADJECTIVE 1) stretched tight or rigid. 2) feeling, causing, or showing anxiety and nervousness.
VERB make or become tense.
DERIVATIVES tensely adverb tenseness noun.
ORIGIN Latin tensus, from tendere 'stretch' .
tense [2] NOUN Grammar a set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time, continuance, or completeness of the action.
ORIGIN from Latin tempus 'time' .

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