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adjective tense pronunciation in British English /tens/
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adjectivetense
comparativetenser
superlativetensest
  1. 1
    making you feel nervous and not relaxed, usually because you are worried about what is going to happen
    a tense situation/atmosphere
    a tense silence: There was a tense silence as everyone waited for his reaction.
    a tense atmosphere: The atmosphere in the courtroom was extremely tense.
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    1. a.
      feeling nervous and not relaxed, usually because you are worried about what is going to happen
      He was tired, but too tense to sleep.
      The city remains tense after Monday’s bombing.
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  2. 2
    pulled or stretched tight
    She was gently massaging the tense muscles of his neck.
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tensely

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