tense

adjective

Dialects

Emoji One Apple Twemoji Facebook Messenger Google
Emoji One's anxious face with sweat emoji Apple's anxious face with sweat emoji Twemoji's anxious face with sweat emoji Facebook's anxious face with sweat emoji Messenger's anxious face with sweat emoji Google's anxious face with sweat emoji

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin tensus ‘stretched’, from the verb tendere.

Middle English (in the general sense ‘time’): from Old French tens, from Latin tempus ‘time’.

Pronunciation

  • tense /tɛns/