Definition of suspend
1 : to debar temporarily especially from a privilege, office, or function <suspend a student from school>
2a : to cause to stop temporarily <suspend bus service>b : to set aside or make temporarily inoperative <suspend the rules>
3 : to defer to a later time on specified conditions <suspend sentence>
4 : to hold in an undetermined or undecided state awaiting further information <suspend judgment> <suspend disbelief>
5a : hang; especially : to hang so as to be free on all sides except at the point of support <suspend a ball by a thread>b : to keep from falling or sinking by some invisible support (as buoyancy) <dust suspended in the air>c : to put or hold in suspension <suspended sediment>
6a : to keep fixed or lost (as in wonder or contemplation)b : to keep waiting in suspense or indecision
7 : to hold (a musical note) over into the following chord
1 : to cease operation temporarily
Examples of suspend in a sentence
He was suspended from the team for missing too many practices.
The police officers were suspended without pay for their conduct.
The principal suspended the student from school for fighting.
The city suspended bus service during the storm.
The company was forced to suspend operations.
They have suspended the peace talks.
I advise suspending judgment until the investigation is over.
Her license to practice law was suspended.
We can suspend the rules just this once.
He's driving with a suspended license.
Did You Know?
When something is suspended, it is "left hanging;" it is neither in full operation nor permanently ended. Suspense is a state of uncertainty and maybe anxiety. When we watch a play or movie, we enjoy experiencing a "suspension of disbelief;" that is, we allow ourselves to believe we're watching reality, even though we aren't truly fooled.Suspension can also mean physical hanging; thus, in a suspension bridge, the roadway actually hangs from huge cables. When some substance is "in suspension", its particles are "hanging" in another substance, mixed into it but not actually dissolved, like fine sand in water, or sea spray in the air at the seashore.
Origin and Etymology of suspend
Middle English, from Anglo-French suspendre, from Latin suspendere, from sub-, sus- up + pendere to cause to hang, weigh
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of suspend
SUSPEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of suspend for English Language Learners
: to force (someone) to leave a job, position, or place for a usually short period of time as a form of punishment
: to stop (something) for a usually short period of time
: to make (something) happen later : to delay (something)
SUSPEND Defined for Kids
Definition of suspend for Students
1 : to force to give up some right or office for a time <The cheater was suspended from school.>
2 : to hang especially so as to be free except at one point <A light bulb was suspended from the ceiling.>
3 : to stop or do away with for a time <The principal is suspending a rule.>
4 : to stop operation or action for a time <All business suspended during the storm.>
Word Root of suspend
The Latin word pendere, meaning “to cause to hang down,” gives us the root pend. Words from the Latin pendere have something to do with hanging. To suspend is to cause something to hang down from a single point. To depend is to hang, or rely, on the support of others. A pendant is an ornament that hangs free, as on a necklace. A pendulum is an object hung from a point that swings freely back and forth, as in a clock.
Legal Definition of suspend
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