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Meaning of tense by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: tĕns, IPA: /tɛns/, X-SAMPA: /tEns/
    • Rhymes: -ɛns

    Etymology 1

    From Old French tens ( modern French temps ), from Latin tempus .


    tense ( plural: tenses )

    1. ( grammar ) 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 .
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    Etymology 2

    From Latin tensus, past participle of tendere ( “stretch” ) .


    tense ( comparative tenser, superlative tensest )

    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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