how to pronounce suspense


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the above transcription of suspense is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

suspense is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of suspense in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the suspense of a final vote I want an …”

meanings of suspense


  1. The unpleasant emotion of anxiety or apprehension in an uncertain situation.
  2. The pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc.
  3. The condition of being suspended; cessation for a time.
  4. A temporary cessation of one's right; suspension, as when the rent or other profits of land cease by unity of possession of land and rent.


  1. Held or lifted up; held or prevented from proceeding.
  2. Expressing, or proceeding from, suspense or doubt.

suspense frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word suspense occurs in english on average 9.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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