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sus·pense

 (sə-spĕns′)
n.
1. Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an uncertain, undecided, or mysterious situation: The suspense as they were announcing the winners was unbearable.
2. The quality in a work of narrative art, such as a novel or film, that causes the audience to experience pleasurable excitement and anticipation regarding an outcome.
3. Archaic The state or quality of being undecided, uncertain, or indecisive: the suspense of judgment.

[Middle English suspense, delay, uncertainty, from Old French souspense, from souspens, suspended, from Latin suspēnsus, past participle of suspendere, to suspend; see suspend.]

sus·pense′ful adj.

suspense

(səˈspɛns)
n
1. the condition of being insecure or uncertain: the matter of the succession remained in suspense for many years.
2. mental uncertainty; anxiety: their father's illness kept them in a state of suspense.
3. excitement felt at the approach of the climax: a play of terrifying suspense.
4. the condition of being suspended
[C15: from Medieval Latin suspensum delay, from Latin suspendere to hang up; see suspend]
susˈpenseful adj

sus•pense

(səˈspɛns)

n.
1. a state of mental uncertainty, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, accompanied by anxiety or excitement.
2. a state of mental indecision.
3. undecided or doubtful condition, as of affairs.
4. the state or condition of being suspended.
[1375–1425; < Latin suspēnsus, past participle of suspendere to hang up, leave undecided (see suspend)]
sus•pense′ful, adj.
sus•pense′ful•ly, adv.
sus•pense′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suspense - apprehension about what is going to happensuspense - apprehension about what is going to happen
apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread - fearful expectation or anticipation; "the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
2.suspense - an uncertain cognitive state; "the matter remained in suspense for several years"
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something
3.suspense - excited anticipation of an approaching climax; "the play kept the audience in suspense"
anticipation, expectancy - an expectation

suspense

noun uncertainty, doubt, tension, anticipation, expectation, anxiety, insecurity, expectancy, apprehension a writer who holds the suspense throughout her tale
in suspense on tenterhooks, anxious, on edge, keyed up, in an agony of doubt, with bated breath 'Go on, don't leave us in suspense,' Dennis said.
Translations
تَشْوِيقتَعْليق، تَرَقُّب، تَشْويق
napětí
spænding
jännitys
neizvjesnost
spenna, óvissa, eftirvænting
不安
긴장감
spänning
ความวิตกกังวล
askıda kalışbelirsizlik durumukuşku ve gerilimli bekleyiş
sự hồi hộp

suspense

[səsˈpens]
A. Nincertidumbre f (Theat, Cine) → intriga f, suspense m
to keep sb in suspensemantener a algn en vilo
don't keep me in suspense!¡no me tengas en vilo!
the suspense became unbearablela tensión se hizo inaguantable
the suspense is killing me!¡no puedo con tanta emoción!
B. CPD suspense account Ncuenta f en suspenso, cuenta f transitoria

suspense

[səˈspɛns] n
(= state of anxiety or excitement) → suspense m
The suspense was terrible → Le suspense a été terrible.
to keep sb in suspense → tenir qn en haleine
(in film, book)suspense m
a film with lots of suspense → un film avec beaucoup de suspense

suspense

n (in book, film etc) → Spannung f; the suspense is killing meich bin gespannt wie ein Regenschirm (hum inf); to keep somebody in suspensejdn in Spannung halten, jdn auf die Folter spannen (inf); to wait in suspensegespannt or voller Spannung warten

suspense

[səˈspɛns] nincertezza, apprensione f; (in film, book) → suspense f
we waited in suspense → attendevamo ansiosamente
the suspense is killing me! → muoio dalla curiosità!
to keep sb in suspense → tenere qn in sospeso

suspend

(səˈspend) verb
1. to hang. The meat was suspended from a hook.
2. to keep from falling or sinking. Particles of dust are suspended in the air.
3. to stop or discontinue temporarily. All business will be suspended until after the funeral.
4. to prevent (a person) temporarily from continuing his (professional) activities or having his usual privileges. Two footballers were suspended after yesterday's match.
suspended ˈsentence noun
a prison sentence that will take effect only if the criminal commits a (similar) crime again.
suˈspenders noun plural
1. a pair, or set, of elastic straps for holding up socks or stockings.
2. (American) braces for holding up trousers.
suˈspense (-s) noun
a state of uncertainty and anxiety. We waited in suspense for the result of the competition.
suˈspension (-ʃən) noun
1. the act of suspending.
2. in a motor vehicle etc, the system of springs etc supporting the frame on the axles.
3. a liquid with solid particles that do not sink.
suspension bridge
a type of bridge that has its roadway suspended from cables supported by towers.

suspense

تَشْوِيق napětí spænding Spannung αγωνία suspense, suspenso jännitys suspense neizvjesnost suspense 不安 긴장감 spanning spenning niepewność suspense неизвестность spänning ความวิตกกังวล kuşku ve gerilimli bekleyiş sự hồi hộp 悬念
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The feeling that the body before him was alive, that in another moment a lovely woman would spring out of the bed and confront him, be- came so overpowering that he could not bear the suspense.
Forbidden to stir even a hand, and almost afraid to breath, lest they should expose the frail fabric to the fury of the stream, the passengers watched the glancing waters in feverish suspense.
The final pause at the threshold proved so long, that Hepzibah, unable to endure the suspense, rushed forward, threw open the door, and led in the stranger by the hand.
I began to watch them in a stifled suspense, a disguised excitement that might well, had it continued too long, have turned to something like madness.
time itself now held long breaths with keen suspense.
In the end, when the silence and suspense were no longer to be borne, he got up and hammered on the door; and the proprietor came, yawning and rubbing his eyes.
Also the Emperor became more and more excited with curiosity, and with great suspense one awaited the hour, when according to mask-law, each masked guest must make himself known.
As it proceeded, all movement and all sound ceased, and the deep silence of an absorbed and waiting suspense settled upon the house; and when at last the words came, "THEY DO NOT EVEN RESEMBLE," a thundercrash of applause followed and the house sprang to its feet, but was quickly repressed by official force and brought to order again.
He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom; for he had not the shadow of a doubt that all this hubbub was about him.
Then after a year's anxiety, a year when one never looked in the newspaper without dread and sickness of suspense, came the telegram saying that Tom was wounded; and without so much as asking Miranda's leave, she packed her trunk and started for the South.
While you were at all in suspense I kept my feelings to myself, but now that you are so completely decided I have no hesitation in approving.
Every thing in such suspense and uncertainty; and seeing him so seldom--we can hardly meet above twice a-year.