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tense1 British & World English

(Especially of a muscle) stretched tight or rigid

tense2 British & World English

A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time (and sometimes also the continuance or completeness) of the action in relation to the time of the utterance

tense English Thesaurus

the tense muscles of his neck

past tense British & World English

A tense expressing an action that has happened or a state that previously existed

future tense British & World English

A tense expressing an action that has not yet happened or a state that does not yet exist

present tense British & World English

A tense expressing an action that is currently going on or habitually performed, or a state that currently or generally exists