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Etymology 1

From Old French tens (modern French temps), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] tempus.

Noun

Singular
tense

Plural
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  1. (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 perfect, past perfect and future perfect) and progressive tenses.
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Etymology 2

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] tensus, past participle of tendere (stretch).

Adjective

tense (comparative tens, superlative er)

Positive
tense

Comparative
tens

Superlative
er

  1. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
  2. pulled taut, without any slack.
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Verb

Infinitive
to tense

Third person singular
tens

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to tense (third-person singular simple present tens, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To make or become tense.
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