Meaning of TENSION in English

TENSION

noun

1 inability to relax

ADJECTIVE

▪ inner

▪ emotional , nervous , sexual

He suffers from nervous ~.

▪ muscle , muscular

▪ premenstrual

VERB + TENSION

▪ feel , suffer from

I feel some ~ in my shoulders.

▪ sense

As soon as he entered, he sensed a ~ in the air.

▪ cause , create

▪ relieve

▪ release

TENSION + NOUN

▪ headache

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ in

The hot bath eased the ~ in his body.

PHRASES

▪ a release of ~

Laughter can be a great release of ~.

▪ a sign of ~

Horses are very sensitive to signs of ~ in humans.

2 bad feeling between people, countries, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ considerable , great , high

More police have been sent to areas of high political ~.

▪ palpable , real

▪ slight

▪ escalating , growing , heightened , increased , increasing , mounting , rising

▪ constant , continuous

▪ continuing , ongoing

▪ unresolved

▪ renewed

▪ fundamental , inherent , underlying

▪ ethnic , political , racial , religious , social

▪ communal , family , internal , international , national , regional

▪ creative , dynamic

the creative ~ between democracy and business interests

VERB + TENSION

▪ cause , create , generate

▪ defuse , ease , reduce , release , resolve

She often used humour/humor to defuse ~ in meetings.

▪ exacerbate , heighten

TENSION + VERB

▪ build up , grow , increase , mount , rise

▪ ease

▪ arise

In the early 1960's, new ~s arose between the United States and the USSR.

▪ exist

▪ run high

Racial ~s in the town were running high.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ among

The ~ among the audience was palpable.

▪ ~ between

~ between local youths and the police

▪ ~ in , ~ within

The job losses caused greater ~s within the company.

▪ ~ over

There has been increased ~ over the border incident.

▪ ~ with

renewed ~ with France

PHRASES

▪ a source of ~

Money was always a source of ~ between her parents.

3 of rope, wire, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ string

VERB + TENSION

▪ adjust

This old racket needs its string ~ adjusted.

▪ release

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

The metal is weak in ~.

▪ under ~

Stay clear of cables which are under ~.

▪ ~ on

The sudden ~ on the line told me I had hooked a fish.

4 feeling of excitement in a film/movie, etc.

ADJECTIVE

▪ dramatic

The movie lacks dramatic ~.

VERB + TENSION

▪ build , heighten , increase

the use of editing to heighten the ~

▪ keep , keep up , maintain

▪ break

TENSION + VERB

▪ build , grow , mount

Tension builds around the mystery of what will happen to Freddie.

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .