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Definition of Tense

Tense

  1. One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time.
  2. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.

Tense Quotations

I had an older brother, an older sister and a younger brother, and though I look back fondly on my childhood, I think that when you've got four siblings sharing the same resources and a single kids' bathroom, it's going to get a little tense at times.
Jeff Kinney

Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.
Joan Lunden

Exercise is really important to me - it's therapeutic. So if I'm ever feeling tense or stressed or like I'm about to have a meltdown, I'll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.
Michelle Obama

A quarter of America is a dramatic, tense, violent country, exploding with contradictions, full of brutal, physiological vitality, and that is the America that I have really loved and love. But a good half of it is a country of boredom, emptiness, monotony, brainless production, and brainless consumption, and this is the American inferno.
Italo Calvino

I get irritated, nervous, very tense or stressed, but never bored.
Catherine Deneuve
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Tense Translations

tense in French is tendu
tense in German is gespannt, gespannt, spannen
tense in Italian is in tensione
tense in Latin is intentus
tense in Spanish is tenso
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