Suspense is a feeling of excited waiting. If you have been waiting for weeks to get an answer to your proposal of marriage, you are being kept in suspense.

The verb form, suspend, literally means to keep hanging. Suspense can be used in all sorts of ways. Movies that keep you on the edge of your seat in fear use suspense to draw you in. Suspense doesn’t always have to be scary, but it is usually agitating. If you are in suspense, you’re waiting on something that you really have to know.

Definitions of suspense

n an uncertain cognitive state

“the matter remained in suspense for several years”
Type of:
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
the state of being unsure of something

n excited anticipation of an approaching climax

“the play kept the audience in suspense
Type of:
anticipation, expectancy
an expectation

n apprehension about what is going to happen

Type of:
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation

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