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Adjective: tensed  tenst
  1. Having inflections to indicate tense
Verb: tense  ten(t)s
  1. Become stretched, tense or taut
    "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed";
    - strain
  2. Increase the tension on
    "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"
  3. Become tense, nervous, or uneasy
    "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room";
    - tense up
  4. Cause to be tense and uneasy, nervous or anxious
    "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up";
    - strain, tense up

See also: finite

Type of: affect, alter, change, change state, modify, tighten, turn

Antonym: slow down, unwind

Encyclopedia: Tensed, Id

Tense, aspect and mood