Definition for tense

adjective as in tight, stretched

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close, firm, stiff

Weak matches

rigid, taut

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Example Sentences

Turkish has an inferential tense marked by the suffix -miş, which you have to add to verbs whenever you are talking about something you did not personally see or something that you doubt.

From Vox

Landau seemed incredibly nice, but I found the mood strangely tense.

From Fortune

Elections are always tense, but this year was something different.

A tense advertising landscape in fourth quarter 2019 for Dow Jones — which includes The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s — saw its digital advertising revenue tumble by 7%.

From Digiday

In this case, it appears those processes have failed, and at a moment when relations between China and India – both nuclear armed states – are already tense.

The gym—a fragile collective of human ecology at the best of times—has suddenly become even more tense.

A tense commute to work in Houston will start to resemble a tense commute in Boston or New York City.

Elisabetta Piqué, who knew Bergoglio well as a cardinal, writes in the present tense as if to convey real time passing.

I covered New York politics for 15 years, and I saw some awfully tense moments between the police and Democratic politicians.

Since Nestdrop continues to do so as of this writing, they wager a tense gamble that the odds will be in their favor.

Then, as the atmosphere of the room surged back, tense with vitality, her mind leapt forward in welcome.

He crouched, nerves and muscles tense, controled in spite of the torturous cloud of scalding vapor that pressed close to him.

The two men eyed one another for a moment of tense silence, and marked suspicion.

A faint click reaches my tense ear, the streaming lightning burns into my face.

Will you tell us more about it, please, she whispered in a strange, tense voice; its soso difficult to understand.


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On this page you'll find 120 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tense, such as: strained, close, firm, stiff, rigid, and taut.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.