There are 2 main translations of tense in Spanish

: tense1tense2

tense1

tenso, adj.

Pronunciation /tɛns//tɛns/

adjective

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    (strained)
    (atmosphere/situation) tenso
    • In an exciting and very tense second half, the teams were locked together on three occasions.
    • It occurred to me that what he did for a living was relax people in tense situations.
    • The silence was an intangible tense feeling in the air.
    • A tense, uncomfortable silence lay heavy upon them.
    • He was suddenly uneasy in the tense silence.
    • The atmosphere is tense and edgy, and the political slogans on the posters read like threats.
    • Before and after the tense match, bricks and bottles were lobbed through the air.
    • She had a tense encounter with a small but vocal group of protesters.
    • At that very second the atmosphere was tense but electric.
    • He has created a fresh, tense and gripping thriller.
    • The first few weeks were a tense whirlwind of emotion.
    • In these tense hours emotions, tempers, and fears are running high.
    • As soon as she left, an awkward and tense silence settled over the room.
    • The province was increasingly tense in recent weeks.
    • Last night there was a tense silence between them during dinner.
    • A tense, uneasy silence fell over the room again.
    • It's a superb film that's tense and riveting.
    • There were a few tense moments of silence before she answered.
    • Another voice rang out, startlingly loud in the tense stillness.
    • Nobody said anything for a while, creating an uneasy and tense silence.
  • 2

    (nervous)
    nervioso
    tenso
    • He was still tense and agitated, and the view did nothing to calm him down.
    • I relaxed myself after being tense for a few minutes.
    • He decided a refreshing dip would relax his tense nerves.
    • His body had relaxed a bit, but his voice was tense and apprehensive.
    • Everybody coming to this department is very tense and nervous because they are awaiting results.
    • I really need to sleep and I'm too tense to relax.
    • There was a big crowd now, and Celinda was already tense with excitement.
    • At first he was tense and then he relaxed.
    • Whereas she's relatively calm and relaxed, he's tense and anxious.
    • He was as calm as ever but there was a tense anxiety in his eyes.
    • The slow, fluid movements help tense, stressed people relax.
    • Tariq is not socially relaxed; he feels tense.
    • We all waited in tense excitement.
    • Children who are feeling anxiety may be tense or get upset easily.
    • I'm just too tense an individual to really relax first before writing.
    • At first she was tense, but she relaxed slightly when he put his arm around her.
    • Feeling more and more tense and unable to sleep, he was prescribed drugs.
    • I feel very tense and nervous when I try to initiate a conversation
    • When I was younger, of course I was more tense and nervous.
    • The man in the guitar shop was very tense, somewhat agitated.
  • 3

    (taut)
    (wire) tenso
    (wire) tirante
    (body) tenso
    (body) en tensión
    • The man did not extend his hand, but his tense posture relaxed noticeably.
    • She slid behind him and began to massage the tense muscles in his shoulders.
    • Over time, an individual will learn to recognize the feelings connected with tense muscles.
    • This move relaxes tense muscles all along your spine.
    • All of his tense muscles were growing stiff and sore.
    • She tried to stand up, but her already tense muscles had stiffened considerably during the flight.
    • His fingers kneaded the tense muscles of her shoulders but it did very little to relax her.
    • My muscles were tense from the unusual exertion, and my body was still exhausted.
    • She ran her hands along Elisa's shoulders, smoothing her tense muscles.
    • He was not feverish, but his muscles were tense.
    • She was exhausted and she needed a hot, steaming shower to loosen her tense muscles.
    • Aerobic exercise helps to loosen tense muscles.
    • He relaxed his tense finger that had been curled around the trigger.
    • Her muscles were tense and a cold sweat was breaking out on her forehead.
    • She put her hands on his back and rubbed the tense muscles soothingly.
    • The warm water felt so very good on his tense muscles.
    • She'd taken a long, hot shower and even that had failed to relax her tense muscles.
    • She sighed and stretched her tense muscles.
    • I breathed out deeply and tried to relax my tense muscles.
    • Learning to breathe more fully can help you let go of pain and loosen tense muscles.

transitive verb

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    poner tenso
    tensar

intransitive verb

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    ponerse tenso
    tensarse

There are 2 main translations of tense in Spanish

: tense1tense2

tense2

tiempo, n.

noun

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    tiempo masculine
    the past/present/future tense el pasado/presente/futuro
    • At the moment I am trying to master 5 different tenses of verbs and also adverbs, pronouns and other vocabulary.
    • As the network learned, it began to generate ‘digged’ for ‘dug,’ regular past tenses of irregular verbs.
    • When my brain was filled with verb tenses, right triangles and pulmonary veins, there was no room for personal thoughts.
    • The tenses switch from past to present and back again and there is a dramatic use of dialogue.
    • But just because we can decode his meaning in spite of his mixing of tenses (past tense and future brutally slammed together), doesn't make it a good practice.