- 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 of suspendMiddle English suspenden ; from Old French suspendre ; from Classical Latin suspendere, to hang up ; from sus-, for sub-, sub- + pendere, to hang: see pend
- to stop temporarily
- to withhold payment of debts or obligations, as through inability to pay
verbsus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends
- 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.
- Music To hold or prolong (a note or notes) in suspension.
- a. To hang so as to allow free movement: suspended the mobile from the ceiling.b. To support or keep from falling without apparent attachment, as by buoyancy: The manatee is suspended in the water.c. Chemistry To disperse or put (particles, for example) in suspension.
- To cease for a period; delay.
- To fail to make payments or meet obligations.
Origin of suspendMiddle English suspenden, from Old French suspendre, from Latin suspendere : sub-, from below; see sub– + pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present suspends, present participle suspending, simple past and past participle suspended)
- To halt something temporarily.
- The meeting was suspended for lunch.
- To hold in an undetermined or undecided state.
- to suspend one's judgement or one's disbelief
- To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.
- to suspend a thread of execution in a computer program
- To hang freely; underhang.
- to suspend a ball by a thread
- To bring a solid substance, usually in powder form, into suspension in a liquid.
- To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, from the enjoyment of income, etc.
- to suspend a student from college; to suspend a member of a club
- (chemistry) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
- (to halt something temporarily; to discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event): resume
- sends up