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What is another word for tense?

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Adjective
Physically unyielding, taut or stiff
“The rope was as tense as a fiddle-string.”
Adjective
Feeling anxious, nervous, or under stress
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“At the time, I remember feeling tense about the whole prospect of looking for another career on top of everything else that was happening.”
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Characterized by, or tending to cause, agitation or anxiety
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“However, unlike the tense atmosphere outside, the atmosphere in the courtyard was extremely joyous.”
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Feeling irritable, bad-tempered, or grumpy
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“Paul changed from a fairly amiable happy person to a tense and grumpy man.”
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Marked by a likelihood to threaten the safety of a person or persons
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Potentially violent or dangerous, especially of a situation
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Striking in appearance or effect
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Having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
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Not easily bent or changed in shape
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Looking tense, tired or stressed, typically from cold or hunger
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Discordant, conflicting or bitter
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Having (been) worked to the point of fatigue, exhaustion, or great stress
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Full of knots, knotty
Verb
To draw or make tight or taut
“Lie on your side on the mat, support yourself on your elbow, and tense your body so that an imaginary straight line runs between your head and legs.”
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To reduce in size, especially through the application of pressure
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To cause mental or emotional strain or tension in
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To ready oneself for a challenging experience
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To (excessively) exert for a particular task, purpose or goal
Noun
Grammatical form indicating actions or states that will happen or exist after the present moment
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