Tense meaning

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Tense is a grammar term used to indicate whether a sentence (or verb) is an action in the past, the present or the future.

An example of tense is a verb that indicates action is going on now, or a sentence about action taking place now.

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A property of verbs in which the time of the action or state, as well as its continuance or completion, is indicated or expressed.
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The definition of tense is a state where your muscles are tight, or where you are filled with nervousness and anxiety.

An example of tense is the way to describe a student just before he takes a big and important test.

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To tense is to become stressed or to have your muscles become tight and rigid.

An example of tense is when you get very nervous and scared when you hear a loud noise.

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(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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A characteristic of verbs that indicates the time of the action or state of being that a verb expresses; also, an analytic category based on this characteristic.
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Any of the forms a verb takes to indicate this characteristic.
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A category or set of verb forms that indicate or express the time, such as past, present, or future, of the action or state.
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Tightly stretched; taut.
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Pulled taut, without any slack.
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To make or become tense.
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Stretched tight; strained; taut.
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You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.

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(grammar) To apply a tense to.

Tensing a verb.

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(phonet.) Articulated with the jaw and tongue muscles relatively rigid.
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A set of such forms for a given time reference.

The present tense of “be”

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To make or become tense.
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Feeling, showing, or causing mental strain; anxious.
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To make or become tense.
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(linguistics) Enunciated with taut muscles, as the sound (ē) in keen.
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Origin of tense

  • Latin tēnsus past participle of tendere to stretch ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English tens from Old French time from Latin tempus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin tensus, past participle of tendere (“stretch").

    From Wiktionary