Suspend Definition

suspended, suspends
suspended, suspends
To bar or exclude as a penalty from an office, school, position, etc., usually for a specified time; debar.
Webster's New World
To cause to cease or become inoperative for a time; stop temporarily.
To suspend train service, to suspend a rule.
Webster's New World
To stop temporarily.
Webster's New World
To defer or hold back (judgment), as until more is known.
Webster's New World
To hold in abeyance or defer action on (a sentence, etc.)
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Suspend

  • 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


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