|Noun||1.||tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time|
|Verb||1.||tense - stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"|
|2.||tense - increase the tension on; "tense a rope"|
|3.||tense - become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"|
|4.||tense - make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;|
|Adj.||1.||tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension|Antonyms: at ease
- without strain or anxiety; "gave the impression of being quite relaxed"; "a relaxed and informal discussion"
|2.||tense - pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')|Antonyms: lax
- pronounced with muscles relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')
|3.||tense - taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"|Antonyms: lax
- not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight; "a lax rope"