- 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 suspended
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but two and a half years suspended.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Time was suspended as the world watched and waited for news about the young, brave girl from the Swat Valley.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
This may be precisely the point: that fiction at its best is a sphere of suspended belief as much as suspended disbelief.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
From the roof of the barn is a long loop of rope, through this the turkey is suspended by its legs.Confessions of a Turkey Killer
November 26, 2014
As for Ready for Hillary, it now survives in a sort of suspended animation.Team Clinton Prepares for the Other Side of If
November 22, 2014
The coverlet dropped from her breast; her hand was suspended with stiff fingers.Way of the Lawless
Could she ever pardon herself for this delay, when Mordecai is suspended?Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
To be sure my cousin would have suspended his judgment till he could have arrived.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
My mind has recovered in some degree its shaken and suspended faculties.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He appeared to have suspended his labours, and to be occupied in thought.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- (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 suspended
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.