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Definition of 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

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

Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Loved. You can't use it in the past tense. Death does not stop that love at all.
Ken Kesey

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.
James Russell Lowell

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
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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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