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What does suspend mean?
Suspend most commonly means to cause to stop, to bring to a stop, to withhold, or to postpone, as in The bank has suspended payments or All activities have been suspended until further notice.
It also commonly means to hang something by attaching it to something else, especially with ropes or cables, as in We need to suspend the banner from the ceiling.
More specifically, suspend can mean to officially punish someone, such as an employee, student, or athlete, so that they are not allowed to participate in an activity for a certain period of time, as in He was suspended for five games for fighting. A person punished in this way is said to be suspended.
The noun form suspension can be used for most senses of suspend to refer to an instance or the process of suspending.
Where does suspend come from?
The first records of the word suspend in English come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin verb suspendere, meaning “to hang up.”
Most meanings of suspend can be divided into those that are based on the literal meaning of hang up—“to hang something by attaching it to something else”—or those that are based on the more idiomatic meaning of hang up—“to delay or postpone.”
When some activity is suspended, it is stopped altogether, usually in an official way, but often temporarily. Government agencies might suspend air travel for safety reasons or the management of a struggling company might suspend hiring.
When a person is suspended as punishment, the suspension often results from a serious violation of the rules, such as a student who cheats on a test or a professional athlete who tests positive for having used banned substances. Such suspensions are often for a set amount of time or, in the case of pro athletes, a certain number of games. The word is used in the same way in the context of a social media or other online account that has been suspended, such as for a rules violation.
To suspend your disbelief is postpone or ignore the skepticism you have about unrealistic parts of a story in order to enjoy it. (If you can believe it, the term suspension of disbelief was coined by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1817.)
We’re glad you’ve hung around to hear the senses of suspend that involve hanging something from something else. A bridge whose deck (the surface on which people walk or drive) is suspended from cables is called a suspension bridge.
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What are some other forms related to suspend?
- suspended (past tense verb, adjective)
- suspension (noun)
- suspendible (adjective)
- suspensible (adjective)
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How is suspend used in real life?
Suspend is a very common word that’s used in many different contexts. Most of the time it involves temporarily stopping something or hanging something.
Ok twitter started suspending accounts for stealing tweets but next they should suspend any account that tweets “RT for good luck”
— Really Nice Guy (@yaneezy__) April 2, 2018
— Bloomberg (@business) December 14, 2011
I always forget I got suspended for 3 days in high school for leaving campus to get a Wendy’s 4 for 4
— Britt (@brittmc3) December 9, 2018
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Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of suspend when it means “to stop”?
Example sentences 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.
How much can we suspend belief to keep convinced of their innocence?
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|Michael Daly|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Update: Late this afternoon, ESPN announced that they will suspend Stephen A. Smith for one week from First Take and ESPN Radio.
After failing to secure the nomination, he eventually suspended his campaign—but he did not suspend his political apparatus.
Now, the probation officer is trying to get the judge to suspend sentence.Once Upon A Time|Richard Harding Davis
It won't take us long to get your status, pay your fine, or get the judge to suspend your sentence.David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
We warned the village policeman at the far end of the street that he might have to suspend traffic again.A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
The Russians might as well attempt to suspend a first-rate line-of-battle ship with all its guns and stores.
Kitty's youth would shore up the debacle, suspend it indefinitely.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath