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adjective tense pronunciation in American English /tens/
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  1. 1
    making you feel nervous and not relaxed, usually because you are worried about what is going to happen
    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.

    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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