Synonyms of tense in English:

tense

adjective

  • 1 the tense muscles of his neck
    taut, tight, rigid, stretched, strained, stiff
    the tense muscles of his neck
    [Antonyms] slack loose

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
    Hebden tensed his muscles
    [Antonyms] relax

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