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[n] a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
[adj] taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
[adj] (phonetics) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
[adj] in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
[v] make tense
[v] become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
[v] increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
[v] stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"

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