verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of suspend

1250–1300; Middle English suspenden < Latin suspendere to hang up, equivalent to sus- sus- + pendere (transitive) to hang (see pend, suspense)
Related formssus·pend·i·ble, adjectivesus·pend·i·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sus·pend·ed, adjectivepre·sus·pend, verb (used with object)re·sus·pend, verbself-sus·pend·ed, adjectiveun·sus·pend·ed, adjectiveun·sus·pend·i·ble, adjective

Synonyms for suspend

6. hold up, intermit. See interrupt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for suspend

Contemporary Examples of suspend

Historical Examples of suspend

  • 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.

  • That is what is unknown to us, and obliges us to suspend our judgment on this question.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for suspend



(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
Derived Formssuspendible or suspensible, adjectivesuspendibility, noun

Word Origin for suspend

C13: from Latin suspendere from sub- + pendere to hang
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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.

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