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Synonyms of 'tense'

(adjective) 
Definition
the form of a verb that indicates whether the action referred to in the sentence is located in the past, the present, or the future
the tense atmosphere of the talks
Synonyms
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uneasy
An uneasy calm has settled over the city.
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stressful
I think I've got one of the most stressful jobs there is.
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fraught (informal)
It has been a somewhat fraught day.
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charged
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uncomfortable
There was another long and uncomfortable silence.
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knife-edge
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nail-biting
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nerve-racking
The presentation of a speech can be a nerve-racking experience.
(adjective) 
Definition
having, showing, or causing mental or emotional strain
He had been very tense, but he finally relaxed.
Synonyms
nervous
I get very nervous when I'm in the house alone at night.
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wound up (informal)
I was too wound up to sleep.
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edgy
She was nervous and edgy, still chain-smoking.
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wired (slang)
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anxious
She admitted she was still anxious about the situation.
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under pressure
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restless
My father seemed very restless and excited.
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apprehensive
People are still terribly apprehensive about the future.
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jittery (informal)
Investors have become jittery about the country's economy.
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uptight (informal)
Penny never got uptight about exams.
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on edge
Ever since their arrival she had felt on edge.
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jumpy
I told myself not to be so jumpy.
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twitchy (informal)
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overwrought
When I'm feeling overwrought, I try to take some time out to relax.
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strung up (informal)
Those who saw him at the Olympics will recall just how strung up he was.
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on tenterhooks
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fidgety
I was so fidgety and nervous.
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keyed up
I wasn't able to sleep that night, I was so keyed up.
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antsy (informal)
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wrought up
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adrenalized
Opposites
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cool-headed
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unworried
(adjective) 
Definition
stretched tight
She lay, eyes shut, body tense.
Synonyms
rigid
rigid plastic containers
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strained
a period of strained relations
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taut
When muscles are taut or cold, there is more chance of injury.
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stretched
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tight
Pull the elastic tight and knot the ends.
Opposites
(verb) 
Definition
to make or become tense
His stomach muscles tensed.
Synonyms
tighten
He flung his whole weight back, tightening the rope.
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strain
Several thousand supporters strained to catch a glimpse of the new president.
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tauten
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stretch
Make sure you don't stretch the pastry as you ease it into the corners.
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flex
He slowly flexed his muscles.
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stiffen
The blood supply to the skin is reduced when muscles stiffen.
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of anxious
Definition
causing anxiety
She admitted she was still anxious about the situation.
Synonyms
wired (slang),
disquieted,
jittery (informal),
twitchy (informal),
on tenterhooks,
in suspense,
hot and bothered,
unquiet (literary),
like a fish out of water,
antsy (informal),
angsty,
on pins and needles,
discomposed
in the sense of apprehensive
Definition
fearful or anxious about the future
People are still terribly apprehensive about the future.
Synonyms
disquieted,
twitchy (informal),
antsy (informal)
in the sense of edgy
Definition
nervous, irritable, or anxious
She was nervous and edgy, still chain-smoking.
Synonyms
wired (slang),
uptight (informal),
nervy (British, informal),
twitchy (informal),
chippy (informal),
on tenterhooks,
antsy (informal),
on pins and needles,
adrenalized

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