Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “suspense”

suspense

noun [U] uk   /səˈspens/ us  
C2 the feeling of excitement or nervousness that you have when you are waiting for something to happen and are uncertain about what it is going to be: She kept him in suspense for several days before she said that she would marry him. The suspense is killing me (= I am extremely eager to know what is going to happen). There is a gradual build-up of suspense throughout the film, until it comes to an unexpected ending.
(Definition of suspense from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of suspense?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Anxiety and worry - general words, but you might be interested in these topics from the Anxiety and worry topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “suspense” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More