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Synonyms of tense in English:


  • 1 the tense muscles of his neck
    taut, tight, rigid, stretched, strained, stiff
    [Antonyms] slack, loose
  • 2 Loretta was feeling tense and irritable
    anxious, nervous, on edge, edgy, antsy, strained, stressed, under pressure, agitated, ill at ease, fretful, uneasy, restless, strung out, worked up, wound up, keyed up, overwrought, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, worried, apprehensive, panicky, neurotic
    informaluptight, het up, stressed out, jittery, twitchy, squirrelly, in a state, a bundle of nerves
    [Antonyms] relaxed, calm
  • 3 a tense moment
    nerve-racking, stressful, anxious, worrying, fraught, charged, strained, nail-biting, suspenseful, uneasy, difficult, uncomfortable;
    exciting, cliffhanging, knife-edge
    informalhairy, white-knuckle
    [Antonyms] relaxing
  • verb

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  • 1 Hebden tensed his muscles
    tighten, tauten, tense up, flex, contract, brace, stiffen;
    screw up, knot, strain, stretch, squinch up
    [Antonyms] relax
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