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  1. tenseadjective

    a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

    limp, loose-jointed, laid-back, relaxed, loose, sagging, lax, tensionless, floppy, drooping, unstrained, mellow, droopy, slack, degage, loosen up, unstrain, slow down, relax, unwind, make relaxed, decompress, unlax, unbend

  2. tenseadjective

    in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

    loose-jointed, slack, drooping, lax, droopy, degage, mellow, limp, sagging, floppy, loose, relaxed, tensionless, laid-back, unstrained, unwind, decompress, relax, unlax, loosen up, unbend, unstrain, slow down, make relaxed

  3. tenseadjective

    pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')

    droopy, loose-jointed, sagging, lax, degage, loose, slack, unstrained, limp, floppy, mellow, laid-back, relaxed, drooping, tensionless, relax, unlax, unwind, unbend, unstrain, loosen up, make relaxed, slow down, decompress

  4. tenseverb

    taut or rigid; stretched tight

    "tense piano strings"

    slack, lax, droopy, limp, loose-jointed, unstrained, relaxed, drooping, sagging, laid-back, degage, mellow, loose, floppy, tensionless, unwind, make relaxed, relax, decompress, unstrain, slow down, unbend, unlax, loosen up

  5. strain, tenseverb

    become stretched or tense or taut

    "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

    sieve, separate out, strain, filter out, tense up, reach, puree, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform, stress

    limp, loose-jointed, relaxed, mellow, drooping, droopy, unstrained, floppy, degage, laid-back, lax, slack, sagging, loose, tensionless, loosen up, unwind, relax, unbend, make relaxed, unstrain, slow down, unlax, decompress

  6. tenseverb

    increase the tension on

    "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"

    strain, tense up

    lax, limp, tensionless, floppy, relaxed, mellow, slack, loose, droopy, unstrained, laid-back, loose-jointed, sagging, degage, drooping, slow down, relax, loosen up, unlax, unwind, decompress, unstrain, make relaxed, unbend

  7. tense, tense upverb

    become tense, nervous, or uneasy

    "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

    strain, tense up

    sagging, lax, floppy, degage, loose-jointed, laid-back, limp, mellow, unstrained, slack, relaxed, drooping, tensionless, droopy, loose, unwind, slow down, make relaxed, relax, decompress, loosen up, unlax, unbend, unstrain

  8. tense, strain, tense upverb

    cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

    "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

    sieve, separate out, reach, strain, filter out, tense up, stress, puree, try, sift, filter, extend, distort, strive, filtrate, deform

    relaxed, sagging, lax, droopy, limp, loose, floppy, laid-back, drooping, mellow, tensionless, slack, unstrained, degage, loose-jointed, unbend, unstrain, slow down, unlax, unwind, decompress, relax, make relaxed, loosen up

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tenseadjective

    tight, stretched, strained, TAUGHT, rigid, not loose, not lax

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  1. Braden Coleman:

    I had my NVG’s on, my night vision goggles, and I had a Raven behind me following me out, making sure that I was, you know, safe, it was a bit tense, I’m not going to lie. But I guess you don’t really think of it at the time. You just ... do what you’re trained to do.

  2. Ivor Prickett:

    Their sense of uncertainty was really palpable, (They) were lucky in the sense that they managed to reach that side of country and were allowed to enter northern Iraq, which the Kurds regard as their closest thing to a homeland. That said, they were incredibly tense and uncertain, having never been to Iraq before.

  3. Brandon Mitchell:

    It was just dark. It felt like every day was a funeral and watching someone die every day, it was tense every day. I wasn't nervous, but it was stressful. It was a lot of pressure.

  4. Dick Cheney:

    I did everything I could [ to convince Bush to pardon him ]. Without question, Scooter Libby was the most tense element of the relationship between Dick Cheney and Vice President Mike Pence.The President, i still want to see a pardon, that's the only thing that I think is justified by the circumstances... It's a travesty. ...

  5. Lynn Zakeri:

    This is a hard line for both of you, this can become tense and full of resentment, or it can be a discussion that gets you both somewhere. ‘So from what you are telling me, it is important for us to move. Tell me again the reasons why, so I fully understand them.’ Then repeat back the reasons, without judgment or tone.

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