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We've rated Tense as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

8 January 2021
Last seen in: Evening Standard Easy Crossword

We found 25 answers for the crossword clue 'Tense', the most recent of which was seen in the Evening Standard Easy Crossword.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Tense a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Tense as an answer itself some 314 times.

Tense is a single word clue made up of 5 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Evening Standard Easy Crossword' on Thursday, 14 January 2021 with the answer being TAUT, but the most popular answer for this clue is ONEDGE.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • A grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
  • Become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  • Taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
  • Pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
  • Increase the tension on; "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"
  • Become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
  • In or of a state of physical or nervous tension


We found 2 anagrams for the word 'Tense'.

  • Steen Dutch genre painter (1626-1679)
  • teens All the numbers that end in -teen

Crossword Answers

4 Letters

Being in a tense state

Subjected to great tension; stretched tight; "the skin of his face looked drawn and tight"; "her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow"

5 Letters

A mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

Being in a tense state

Set to a key or tone

Being in a tense state

Designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure

(of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game"

Tense with excitement and enthusiasm as from a rush of adrenaline; "we were really pumped up for the race"; "he was so pumped he couldn't sleep"

6 Letters


The act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"

7 Letters

Eagerly desirous; "anxious to see the new show at the museum"; "dying to hear who won"

Marked by distress; "a fraught mother-daughter relationship"

Characterized by jerky movements; "a jittery ride"

Easily agitated; "a nervous addict"; "a nervous thoroughbred"

Impatient especially under restriction or delay; "the government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing restive"

Become stiff or stiffer; "He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"

Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

Being in a tense state

Brought to a state of great tension; "all wound up for a fight"

8 Letters

Struggling for effect; "agonistic poses"

Bearing a stress or accent; "an iambic foot consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable as in `delay'"

9 Letters

Extremely irritating to the nerves; "nerve-racking noise"; "the stressful days before a war"; "a trying day at the office"

10 Letters


Too tightly strung; "an overstrung archery bow"

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