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English verb: tense up

1. tense up (body) become tense, nervous, or uneasy


SamplesHe tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room.


Synonymstense


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Broader (hypernym)change state, turn


Antonymsrelax, decompress, unwind, loosen up, slow down, unbend

2. tense up (body) cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious


SamplesHe got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up.


Synonymsstrain, tense


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)affect


Narrower (hyponym)extend, stretch


Causetense, tense up


Antonymsmake relaxed, unlax, unstrain, relax, unwind, loosen up









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