- To suspend is defined as to take away a privilege as punishment, to stop for a period of time or to hang something while still allowing for free movement.
- An example of to suspend is to take away someone's driver license for drunk driving.
- An example of to suspend is to hold off on playing a baseball game until the rain stops.
- An example of to suspend is to hang items from a mobile.
- to bar or exclude as a penalty from an office, school, position, etc., usually for a specified time; debar
- to cause to cease or become inoperative for a time; stop temporarily: to suspend train service, to suspend a rule
- to defer or hold back (judgment), as until more is known
- to hold in abeyance or defer action on (a sentence, etc.)
- to hang by a support from above so as to allow free movement
- to hold or keep (dust in the air, particles in a liquid, etc.) in suspension
- Now Rare to keep in suspense, wonder, etc.
- Music to continue (a note) into the following chord
Origin: Middle English suspenden from Old French suspendre from Classical Latin suspendere, to hang up from sus-, for sub-, sub- plush pendere, to hang: see pend
- to stop temporarily
- to withhold payment of debts or obligations, as through inability to pay
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verb sus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends verb, transitive
- To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school.
- To cause to stop for a period; interrupt: suspended the trial.
- a. To hold in abeyance; defer: suspend judgment. See Synonyms at defer1.b. To render temporarily ineffective: suspend a jail sentence; suspend all parking regulations.
- To hang so as to allow free movement: suspended the mobile from the ceiling.
- To support or keep from falling without apparent attachment, as by buoyancy: suspend oneself in the water.
- To cease for a period; delay.
- To fail to make payments or meet obligations.
Origin: Middle English suspenden, from Old French suspendre, from Latin suspendere : sub-, from below; see sub- + pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.