tense

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing from Old French tens (modern French temps), from Latin tempus.

Noun[edit]

tense ‎(plural tenses)

  1. (grammar, countable) 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.
  2. (linguistics, grammar, countable) An inflected form of a verb that indicates tense.
    English only has a present tense and a past tense; it has no future tense.
  3. (linguistics, uncountable) The property of indicating the point in time at which an action or state of being occurs or exists.
    Dyirbal verbs are not inflected for tense.
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  • Some English-language authorities only consider inflected forms of verbs (i.e. the present and past tenses) as tenses, and not periphrastic forms such as the simple future with will.
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Verb[edit]

tense ‎(third-person singular simple present tenses, present participle tensing, simple past and past participle tensed)

  1. (grammar, transitive) To apply a tense to.
    tensing a verb

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin tensus, past participle of tendere ‎(stretch).

Adjective[edit]

tense ‎(comparative tenser, superlative tensest)

  1. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
    You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.
  2. Pulled taut, without any slack.
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Verb[edit]

tense ‎(third-person singular simple present tenses, present participle tensing, simple past and past participle tensed)

  1. To make or become tense.
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Participle[edit]

tense

  1. vocative masculine singular of tensus

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

tense

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of tensar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of tensar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of tensar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of tensar.