verb (tens, ing)
- (grammar) Any of the forms of a verb which distinguish when an action or state of being occurs or exists. The basic tenses in English are present, past and future. English also has perfect tenses (present tense, present perfect, past tense, past perfect and future tense, future perfect) and progressive tenses.
adjective (tens, er)
- To make or become tense.
- show, Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
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