Definitions For Tense


  • A grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • To make (a muscle) hard and tight
  • To become nervous or tense


  • Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
  • Become tense, nervous, or uneasy
  • Increase the tension on
  • Become stretched or tense or taut
  • Nervous and not able to relax
  • Showing or causing nervousness
  • Not relaxed but hard and tight


  • Taut or rigid; stretched tight
  • Pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in beat')
  • In or of a state of physical or nervous tension

Is Tense a Scrabble Word?

Words With Friends YES
Scrabble US YES
Scrabble UK YES
English International (SOWPODS) YES
Scrabble Global YES
Enable1 Dictionary YES

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Words with Friends

The word Tense is worth 5 points in Scrabble and 6 points in Words with Friends

Examples of Tense in a Sentence

  • She was feeling pretty tense.
  • Why are you so tense?
  • We sat quietly for a few tense moments.
  • She tensed as he walked toward her.
  • He tensed up and missed the putt.
  • The sentence will read better if you change the tense of the verb.
  • You should avoid changing tense in the middle of a paragraph.

Synonyms for Tense

Antonyms for Tense

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