Synonyms for tense

Synonyms for (noun) tense

Synonyms: tense

Definition: a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

Similar words: grammatical category, syntactic category

Definition: (grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties

Synonyms for (verb) tense

Synonyms: strain, tense, tense up

Definition: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

Usage: he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up

Similar words: affect

Definition: act physically on; have an effect upon

Usage: the medicine affects my heart rate


Synonyms: tense, tense up

Definition: become tense, nervous, or uneasy

Usage: He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room

Similar words: turn, change state

Definition: undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

Usage: We turned from Socialism to Capitalism; The people turned against the President when he stole the election


Synonyms: tense

Definition: increase the tension on

Usage: alternately relax and tense your calf muscle; tense the rope manually before tensing the spring

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue


Synonyms: tense, strain

Definition: become stretched or tense or taut

Usage: the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed; the rope strained when the weight was attached

Similar words: tighten

Definition: become tight or tighter

Usage: The rope tightened

Synonyms for (adjective) tense

Synonyms: tense

Definition: taut or rigid; stretched tight

Usage: tense piano strings

Similar words: overstrung

Definition: too tightly strung

Usage: an overstrung archery bow


Similar words: taut, tight

Definition: pulled or drawn tight

Usage: taut sails; a tight drumhead; a tight rope


Synonyms: tense

Definition: pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')

Similar words: constricted

Definition: especially tense; especially in some dialects


Synonyms: tense

Definition: in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

Similar words: aroused, wound up

Definition: brought to a state of great tension

Usage: all wound up for a fight


Similar words: suspenseful, suspensive, cliff-hanging, nail-biting

Definition: (of a situation) characterized by or causing suspense


Similar words: taut

Definition: subjected to great tension; stretched tight

Usage: the skin of his face looked drawn and tight; her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow


Similar words: itchy, fidgety, fretful, antsy

Definition: nervous and unable to relax

Usage: a constant fretful stamping of hooves; a restless child


Similar words: jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, high-strung, highly strung, uptight, edgy, restive

Definition: being in a tense state


Similar words: electric

Definition: (of a situation) exceptionally tense

Usage: an atmosphere electric with suspicion


Similar words: isotonic

Definition: of two or more muscles; having equal tension


Similar words: nervous

Definition: easily agitated

Usage: a nervous addict; a nervous thoroughbred


Similar words: strained

Definition: showing signs of mental and emotional tension

Usage: her voice was strained as she asked the question


Similar words: unrelaxed

Definition: nor relaxed

Usage: his life was drawing to a close in baffled zeal and unrelaxed strain- U.B.Phillips


Similar words: wired, pumped, pumped up, pumped-up

Definition: tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline

Usage: we were really pumped up for the race; he was so pumped he couldn't sleep