Suspend meaning

sə-spĕnd
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.

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(now rare) To keep in suspense, wonder, etc.
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To bar or exclude as a penalty from an office, school, position, etc., usually for a specified time; debar.
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To hang by a support from above so as to allow free movement.
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To cause to stop for a period; interrupt.

Suspended the trial.

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(music) To hold or prolong (a note or notes) in suspension.
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To fail to make payments or meet obligations.
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To cause to cease or become inoperative for a time; stop temporarily.

To suspend train service, to suspend a rule.

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To hold or keep (dust in the air, particles in a liquid, etc.) in suspension.
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(music) To continue (a note) into the following chord.
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To stop temporarily.
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To withhold payment of debts or obligations, as through inability to pay.
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To halt something temporarily.

The meeting was suspended for lunch.

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To hold in an undetermined or undecided state.

To suspend one's judgement or one's disbelief.

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To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.

To suspend a thread of execution in a computer program.

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To hang freely; underhang.

To suspend a ball by a thread.

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To bring a solid substance, usually in powder form, into suspension in a liquid.
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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.

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(chemistry) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
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To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment.

Suspend a student from school.

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To cease for a period; delay.
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suspend disbelief
  • To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

suspend disbelief

Origin of suspend

  • Middle English suspenden from Old French suspendre from Latin suspendere sub- from below sub– pendere to hang (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition