tense

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Pronunciation[change]

Adjective[change]

Positive
tense

Comparative
tenser

Superlative
tensest

  1. Tightly stretched.
    Make sure that the net is as stretched as tense as possible for maximum coverage.
  2. Stressed; nervous.
    How odd it was that he was a very courageous boy, yet he became very tense when he was being asked to dance.

Noun[change]

Singular
tense

Plural
tenses

  1. (uncountable) Tense is a grammatical system of verb forms that usually shows past, present, or future time.
    Unlike French, English only has two tenses: past and present.
  2. (countable) A tense is one of the verb forms marked by the tense system.
    The verb cut is spelled the same in both tenses.
  3. (countable) In popular language, a tense is often used to refer to any verb form including tense, aspect, mood, and voice.
    Shouldn't this be in the progressive tense?

Verb[change]

Plain form
tense

Third-person singular
tenses

Past tense
tensed

Past participle
tensed

Present participle
tensing

  1. To make or become tense.