Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: tens 'time, tense', from Latin tempus 'time'


3 noun
tense3 [uncountable and countable]
SLG any of the forms of a verb that show the time, continuance, or completion of an action or state that is expressed by the verb. 'I am' is in the present tense, 'I was' is past tense, and 'I will be' is future tense

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