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See also: tensé
- 1 English
- 2 Latin
- 3 Spanish
tense (plural tenses)
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- 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.
- See: Category:en:Tenses
verb forms distinguishing time
- (grammar, transitive) To apply a tense to.
- tensing a verb
- Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
- You need to relax, all this overtime and stress is making you tense.
- Pulled taut, without any slack.
showing stress or strain
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make or become tense