Definition of suspense noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

suspense

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//səˈspens//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səˈspens//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a feeling of worry or excitement that you have when you feel that something is going to happen, somebody is going to tell you some news, etc. a tale of mystery and suspense Don't keep us in suspense. Tell us what happened! I couldn't bear the suspense a moment longer. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French suspens ‘abeyance’, based on Latin suspensus ‘suspended, hovering, doubtful’, past participle of suspendere, from sub- ‘from below’ + pendere ‘hang’.Extra examples Don’t look at the end of the book yet—you’ll break the suspense. I don’t get the results till next week, and the suspense is killing me. I suffered agonies of suspense in silence. She couldn’t bear the suspense a moment longer. They were kept in suspense about joining the expedition for several weeks. They were kept in suspense about their possibility of joining the expedition for several weeks.
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