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Definition of tense
tense - adj. taut or rigid; stretched tight; pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat'); in or of a state of physical or nervous tension; noun a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time; verb cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; become tense, nervous, or uneasy; increase the tension on; become stretched or tense or taught.
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