There are 2 main translations of tense in Spanish:

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tense 1

American English: /tɛns/
British English: /tɛns/


  • 1.1 (strained)
    Example sentences
    • He was suddenly uneasy in the tense silence.
    • Nobody said anything for a while, creating an uneasy and tense silence.
    • A tense, uneasy silence fell over the room again.
    1.2 (nervous)
    Example sentences
    • Whereas she's relatively calm and relaxed, he's tense and anxious.
    • The slow, fluid movements help tense, stressed people relax.
    • I relaxed myself after being tense for a few minutes.
    1.3 (taut)
    en tensión
    Example sentences
    • She sighed and stretched her tense muscles.
    • All of his tense muscles were growing stiff and sore.
    • She ran her hands along Elisa's shoulders, smoothing her tense muscles.

transitive verb

intransitive verb

  • ponerse tenso

Phrasal verbs

tense up

verb + adverb
ponerse tenso

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There are 2 main translations of tense in Spanish:

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tense 2


  • the past/present/future tense
    el pasado/presente/futuro
    Example sentences
    • At the moment I am trying to master 5 different tenses of verbs and also adverbs, pronouns and other vocabulary.
    • As the network learned, it began to generate ‘digged’ for ‘dug,’ regular past tenses of irregular verbs.
    • When my brain was filled with verb tenses, right triangles and pulmonary veins, there was no room for personal thoughts.

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