- to hang by attachment to something above: to suspend a chandelier from the ceiling.
- to attach so as to allow free movement: to suspend a door on a hinge.
- to keep from falling, sinking, forming a deposit, etc., as if by hanging: to suspend solid particles in a liquid.
- to hold or keep undetermined; refrain from forming or concluding definitely: to suspend one's judgment.
- to defer or postpone: to suspend sentence on a convicted person.
- to cause to cease or bring to a stop or stay, usually for a time: to suspend payment.
- to cause to cease for a time from operation or effect, as a law, rule, privilege, service, or the like: to suspend ferry service.
- to debar, usually for a limited time, from the exercise of an office or function or the enjoyment of a privilege: The student was suspended from school.
- to keep in a mood or feeling of expectation or incompleteness; keep waiting in suspense: Finish the story; don't suspend us in midair.
- Music. to prolong (a note or tone) into the next chord.
- to come to a stop, usually temporarily; cease from operation for a time.
- to stop payment; be unable to meet financial obligations.
- to hang or be suspended, as from another object: The chandelier suspends from the ceiling.
- to be suspended, as in a liquid, gas, etc.
Origin of suspend
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Examples from the Web for suspend
One of the clever things the Nazis did in the last days of the Weimar Republic was suspend freedom of the press.Japan’s Nasty Nazi-ish Elections
December 12, 2014
How much can we suspend belief to keep convinced of their innocence?Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession
November 26, 2014
ASKY did suspend all service to Liberia and to Sierra Leone, which also has reported numerous Ebola cases.‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband
July 30, 2014
Update: Late this afternoon, ESPN announced that they will suspend Stephen A. Smith for one week from First Take and ESPN Radio.ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
July 29, 2014
After failing to secure the nomination, he eventually suspended his campaign—but he did not suspend his political apparatus.Rand Paul’s Daddy Issues
July 28, 2014
Suspend this affair inside your tent by means of cords or tapes.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Charles is said to have heard his plea, and to have sent an order to suspend sentence.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
That is what is unknown to us, and obliges us to suspend our judgment on this question.The Phantom World
The longer I suspend the blow the heavier it will fall at last.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
I understand their feelings, but beg them to suspend their judgment.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- (tr) to hang from above so as to permit free movement
- (tr; passive) to cause to remain floating or hanginga cloud of smoke was suspended over the town
- (tr) to render inoperative or cause to cease, esp temporarilyto suspend interest payments
- (tr) to hold in abeyance; postpone action onto suspend a decision
- (tr) to debar temporarily from privilege, office, etc, as a punishment
- (tr) chem to cause (particles) to be held in suspension in a fluid
- (tr) music to continue (a note) until the next chord is sounded, with which it usually forms a dissonanceSee suspension (def. 11)
- (intr) to cease payment, as from incapacity to meet financial obligations
- (tr) obsolete to put or keep in a state of anxiety or wonder
- (intr) obsolete to be attached from above
Word Origin and History for suspend
late 13c., "to bar or exclude temporarily from some function or privilege, to cause to cease for a time," from Old French suspendre, from Latin suspendere "to hang, stop," from sub "up from under" (see sub-) + pendere "cause to hang, weigh" (see pendant). The literal sense of "to cause to hang by a support from above" is recorded from mid-15c. Suspenders is attested from 1810, American English. Suspended animation first recorded 1795.