Definition of suspense
suspensefulplay \-fəl\ adjective
suspensefullyplay \-fə-lē\ adverb
suspensefulnessplay \-fəl-nəs\ noun
suspenselessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of suspense in a Sentence
I can't bear the suspense.
The suspense builds as the story progresses.
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense.
The movie is a suspense thriller.
Recent Examples of suspense from the Web
By abandoning the world’s chief effort to slow the tide of planetary warming, Trump was fulfilling a top campaign pledge after weeks of building up suspense over his decision.
Mr. Trump himself indulged in the suspense of his announcement on Twitter of Wednesday night, teasing Thursday's announcement.
Building suspense about America's role in the world, President Donald Trump planned to announce Thursday whether the U.S. would stay in a global climate pact.
That seems highly unlikely at this point, especially given the cliffhanger suspense Trump has sought to build around his decision.
Trump built suspense around his official decision on the Paris climate deal by promoting the event on his personal Twitter account.
The biggest suspense came in the ninth, when closer Hunter Newman walked a batter and hit another with one out before Cole singled in a run that trimmed the LSU lead to 4-2.
Similar cleverness with detail was seen throughout tonight’s installment of alternate-reality TV, an hour of outright nonsense that impressively delivered a heap of suspense, pathos, and humor.
Gone are the days when the defender would not meet its challenger until the opening day of the America’s Cup match itself — a moment of pure suspense because not even the skippers truly knew how big the gap would be.
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Origin and Etymology of suspense
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from suspendre
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SUSPENSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suspense for English Language Learners
: a feeling or state of nervousness or excitement caused by wondering what will happen
SUSPENSE Defined for Kids
Definition of suspense for Students
: uncertainty, worry, or excitement in wondering about the result of something Annemarie always tried … to build up the suspense and tantalize her sister. — Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
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