1. Any of the forms of a verb which distinguish when an action or state of being occurs or exists.
    The basic tenses in English are present, past and future.


  1. To apply a tense to.
    tensing a verb

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To make or become tense.


  1. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
    You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.
  2. Pulled taut, without any slack.

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