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  • 1 tense — {{11}}tense (adj.) stretched tight, 1660s, from L. tensus, pp. of tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Sense of in a state of nervous tension is first recorded 1821. {{12}}tense (n.) form of a verb showing time of an action or state, early …

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  • 2 tense — I. noun Etymology: Middle English tens time, tense, from Anglo French, from Latin tempus Date: 14th century 1. a distinction of form in a verb to express distinctions of time or duration of the action or state it denotes 2. a. a set of… …

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  • 3 tense — Tight, rigid, or strained; characterized by anxiety and psychological strain. [L. tensus, pp. of tendo, to stretch] * * * tense ten(t)s adj, tens·er; tens·est 1) stretched tight: made taut or rigid <the skeletal musculature involuntarily… …

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  • 4 tense — I. /tɛns / (say tens) adjective (tenser, tensest) 1. stretched tight, as a cord, fibre, etc.; drawn taut; rigid. 2. in a state of mental or nervous strain, as a person. 3. characterised by a strain upon the nerves or feelings: a tense moment. 4.… …

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  • 5 make after — To follow or pursue • • • Main Entry: ↑make * * * ˌmake ˈafter [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they make after he/she/it makes after …

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  • 6 make into — ˈmake ˌinto [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they make into he/she/it makes into present participle making into past tense …

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  • 7 make towards — ˈmake to ˌwards [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they make towards he/she/it makes towards present participle making towards past tense made towards …

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  • 8 tense — Ⅰ. tense [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) stretched tight or rigid. 2) feeling, causing, or showing anxiety and nervousness. ► VERB ▪ make or become tense. DERIVATIVES tensely adverb tenseness noun …

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  • 9 tense — tense1 [tens] adj. tenser, tensest [L tensus, pp. of tendere, to stretch < IE * tend < base * ten , to stretch > THIN] 1. stretched tight; strained; taut 2. feeling, showing, or causing mental strain; anxious 3. Phonet. articulated with… …

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  • 10 make — 1 verb past tense and past participle made, PRODUCE STH 1 (T) to produce something by working: I m going to make a cake for Sam s birthday. | Did you make that dress yourself? | a car made in Japan | They re making a documentary about the Civil… …

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  • 11 make — I UK [meɪk] / US verb Word forms make : present tense I/you/we/they make he/she/it makes present participle making past tense made UK [meɪd] / US past participle made *** Get it right: make: When make means to cause or force someone to do… …

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  • 12 make of — phrasal verb Word forms make of : present tense I/you/we/they make of he/she/it makes of present participle making of past tense made of past participle made of 1) make something of someone/something [transitive] to use chances and opportunities… …

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  • 13 tense — tense1 tensely, adv. tenseness, n. /tens/, adj., tenser, tensest, v., tensed, tensing. adj. 1. stretched tight, as a cord, fiber, etc.; drawn taut; rigid. 2. in a state of mental or nervous strain; high strung; taut: a tense person …

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  • 14 make up — phrasal verb Word forms make up : present tense I/you/we/they make up he/she/it makes up present participle making up past tense made up past participle made up 1) [transitive] to invent an explanation for something, especially in order to avoid… …

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  • 15 make off — verb run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along The thief made off with our silver the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe • Syn: ↑abscond, ↑bolt, ↑absquatulate, ↑decamp, ↑run off, ↑go off …

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  • 16 tense — tense1 [tens] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: stretched , from the past participle of tendere; TEND] 1.) a situation in which you feel very anxious and worried because of something bad that might happen →↑tension tense… …

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  • 17 make away with — 1 she decided to make away with him: KILL, murder, dispatch, eliminate; informal bump off, do away with, do in, do for, knock off, top, croak, stiff, blow away; N. Amer. informal ice, rub out, smoke, waste; poetic/lite …

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  • 18 make out — phrasal verb Word forms make out : present tense I/you/we/they make out he/she/it makes out present participle making out past tense made out past participle made out 1) a) [transitive] to see, hear, or understand someone or something with… …

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  • 19 tense — 1. adj. & v. adj. 1 stretched tight, strained (tense cord; tense muscle; tense nerves; tense emotion). 2 causing tenseness (a tense moment). 3 Phonet. pronounced with the vocal muscles tense. v.tr. & intr. make or become tense. Phrases and idioms …

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  • 20 tense — 1 adjective 1 feeling very nervous and worried because of something bad that might happen: The robbers were tense as they waited the long minutes for the van to arrive. | tense moment/atmosphere etc: Marion spoke, eager to break the tense silence …

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