Simple past tense and past participle of tense.(verb)
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Use "tensed" in a sentence
"His expression tensed, lips held firmly shut over clenched teeth, then assumed a submissive position: head bowed, ears front and down, elbows out, and all fourteen fingers interlocked to show contrition."
"Then his expression tensed with the realization of what Flinx was telling him."
"CHUCK WRIGHT, EYEWITNESS: I was standing next to the atrium, and all of the sudden I heard these loud noises, like pop, pop, pop in a row and I immediately, I kind of tensed up, and I thought, what is that?"