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tense

  1. [tens]

    N (Ling) tiempo m

  2. [tens]

    1. ADJ

      (compar tenser)

      (superl tensest)

      1. (=nervous) [person, expression] tenso

      2. (=stiff) [body, muscles, neck] tenso, en tensión

      3. (=strained) [atmosphere, silence] tenso; [relations] tenso, tirante; [period, moment] de tensión

      4. (=taut) [rope, wire] tenso, tirante

  3. (also: tense up) [person] ponerse tenso; [muscle, body] ponerse tenso, ponerse en tensión

    1. VT (also: tense up) tensar, poner tenso

Examples from texts

His brows were behind his wraparounds, his fangs long, his body tense as hell.
Tenía las cejas ocultas tras las gafas envolventes, los colmillos largos, el cuerpo tenso como el infierno.
Ward, J.R. / Lover EnshrinedWard, J.R. / Amante Consagrado
Amante Consagrado
Ward, J.R.
© Traducción: 2009, Patricia Torres Londoño
© 2010, Santillana Ediciones Generales, S.L.
© 2007, Jessica Bird
Lover Enshrined
Ward, J.R.
© Jessica Bird, 2008
Some women find they feel more tense, irritable and depressed during the menopause.
Durante la menopausia algunas mujeres se sienten más tensas, irritables y deprimidas.
© New South Wales Health Department for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales
© New South Wales Health Department for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales
Exercise is a known way to reduce stress and feel less tense—whether you've had cancer or not.
El ejercicio es una forma conocida de reducir el estrés y sentirse menos tenso, haya tenido cáncer o no.
©2012 International Myeloma Foundation
©2012 International Myeloma Foundation
The muscles under his skin grew tense.
Los músculos de la cara se le tensaron.
Bolano, Roberto / 2666Bolano, Roberto / 2666
2666
Bolano, Roberto
© 2004 por herederos de Roberto Bolaño
2666
Bolano, Roberto
© 2004 by the heirs of Roberto Bolaño
© 2008 by Natasha Wimmer
On descending, I found the kitchen on the brink of pandemonium, and in general, an extremely tense atmosphere amongst all levels of staff.
Al volver abajo, la cocina era un auténtico infierno. El ambiente era muy tenso entre todo el personal, sin excepciones.
Ishiguro, Kadzuo / The Remains of the DayIshiguro, Kadzuo / Los Restos Del Dia
Los Restos Del Dia
Ishiguro, Kadzuo
The Remains of the Day
Ishiguro, Kadzuo
© 1989 by Kazuo Ishiguro
"That was cruel of me," Z said into the dim, tense air between them.
– Fui cruel -dijo Z en el tenso débil aire que había entre ellos.
Ward, J.R. / Lover AwakenedWard, J.R. / Amante Despierto
Amante Despierto
Ward, J.R.
Lover Awakened
Ward, J.R.
© Jessica Bird, 2006
The prisoners who were holding the Caciques immobile grew tense.
Los que los mantenían inmovilizados se tensaron.
Bolano, Roberto / 2666Bolano, Roberto / 2666
2666
Bolano, Roberto
© 2004 por herederos de Roberto Bolaño
2666
Bolano, Roberto
© 2004 by the heirs of Roberto Bolaño
© 2008 by Natasha Wimmer
Now, instead of tensing up, he found himself feeling safe.
Después, en lugar de ponerse tenso, se sorprendió sintiéndose seguro.
Kava, Alex / A Perfect EvilKava, Alex / Bajo Sospecha
Bajo Sospecha
Kava, Alex
A Perfect Evil
Kava, Alex
© S.M. Kava 2000

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tense

verb
Basic forms
Pasttensed
Imperativetense
Present Participle (Participle I)tensing
Past Participle (Participle II)tensed
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I tensewe tense
you tenseyou tense
he/she/it tensesthey tense
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am tensingwe are tensing
you are tensingyou are tensing
he/she/it is tensingthey are tensing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have tensedwe have tensed
you have tensedyou have tensed
he/she/it has tensedthey have tensed
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been tensingwe have been tensing
you have been tensingyou have been tensing
he/she/it has been tensingthey have been tensing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I tensedwe tensed
you tensedyou tensed
he/she/it tensedthey tensed
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was tensingwe were tensing
you were tensingyou were tensing
he/she/it was tensingthey were tensing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had tensedwe had tensed
you had tensedyou had tensed
he/she/it had tensedthey had tensed
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been tensingwe had been tensing
you had been tensingyou had been tensing
he/she/it had been tensingthey had been tensing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will tensewe shall/will tense
you will tenseyou will tense
he/she/it will tensethey will tense
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be tensingwe shall/will be tensing
you will be tensingyou will be tensing
he/she/it will be tensingthey will be tensing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have tensedwe shall/will have tensed
you will have tensedyou will have tensed
he/she/it will have tensedthey will have tensed
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been tensingwe shall/will have been tensing
you will have been tensingyou will have been tensing
he/she/it will have been tensingthey will have been tensing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would tensewe should/would tense
you would tenseyou would tense
he/she/it would tensethey would tense
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be tensingwe should/would be tensing
you would be tensingyou would be tensing
he/she/it would be tensingthey would be tensing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have tensedwe should/would have tensed
you would have tensedyou would have tensed
he/she/it would have tensedthey would have tensed
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been tensingwe should/would have been tensing
you would have been tensingyou would have been tensing
he/she/it would have been tensingthey would have been tensing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am tensedwe are tensed
you are tensedyou are tensed
he/she/it is tensedthey are tensed
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being tensedwe are being tensed
you are being tensedyou are being tensed
he/she/it is being tensedthey are being tensed
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been tensedwe have been tensed
you have been tensedyou have been tensed
he/she/it has been tensedthey have been tensed
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was tensedwe were tensed
you were tensedyou were tensed
he/she/it was tensedthey were tensed
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being tensedwe were being tensed
you were being tensedyou were being tensed
he/she/it was being tensedthey were being tensed
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been tensedwe had been tensed
you had been tensedyou had been tensed
he/she/it had been tensedthey had been tensed
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be tensedwe shall/will be tensed
you will be tensedyou will be tensed
he/she/it will be tensedthey will be tensed
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been tensedwe shall/will have been tensed
you will have been tensedyou will have been tensed
he/she/it will have been tensedthey will have been tensed

tense

noun
SingularPlural
Common casetensetenses
Possessive casetense'stenses'

tense

adjective
Positive degreetense
Comparative degreetenser
Superlative degreetensest