suspend

verb
sus·​pend | \ sə-ˈspend How to pronounce suspend (audio) \
suspended; suspending; suspends

Definition of suspend

transitive verb

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 (such 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

intransitive verb

1 : to cease operation temporarily
2 : to stop payment or fail to meet obligations
3 : hang

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Choose the Right Synonym for suspend

defer, postpone, suspend, stay mean to delay an action or proceeding. defer implies a deliberate putting off to a later time. deferred buying a car until spring postpone implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time. the game is postponed until Saturday suspend implies temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied. business will be suspended while repairs are underway stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority. the governor stayed the execution

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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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The president may have been referencing the fact that the Trump administration did reallocate or temporarily suspend some of the money that Congress authorized for use in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden's speech to Congress included claims on economy, immigration, 1994 assault weapons ban," 29 Apr. 2021 Hong Kong authorities said in a statement that the high number of cases on the flight, combined with worries about the Indian variant of the virus, prompted the government to temporarily suspend the flights. Biman Mukherji, Fortune, "Countries enact travel bans to contain India’s COVID variant—and protect against ‘a global resurgence all over again’," 28 Apr. 2021 Tesla faced significant part shortages over Q1 and had to temporarily suspend production at its Fremont facility. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Tesla Stock Slips Post Q1 Results, But Auto Margins Are Encouraging," 28 Apr. 2021 Federal agencies will call to temporarily suspend the use of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines, after six recipients of the vaccine developed a blood clotting disorder. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Microsoft’s Acquisition of Nuance Communications: A Second Go at Language Processing," 13 Apr. 2021 Europe and the United States agreed to temporarily suspend tariffs in a long-running dispute over Boeing and its rival Airbus. New York Times, "Boeing Tells Airlines to Stop Flying Some 737 Max Planes," 9 Apr. 2021 In February, Washoe County’s neighbor, Douglas County, which encompasses the cluster of casinos across the border from South Lake Tahoe, moved to temporarily suspend new STR permits and issue $20,000 fines to hosts who rent without a permit. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tahoe's last holdout is about to pass new rules on Airbnb, Vrbo rentals. Residents aren't happy," 21 Mar. 2021 An email to club members obtained by The Associated Press said staff members tested positive for COVID-19, and as such, the club will temporarily suspend service at the beach club and dining room. Li Cohen, CBS News, "COVID-19 outbreak partially shuts down Trump's Mar-A-Lago," 20 Mar. 2021 The difficulty of the decision was clear in Thailand, the first country outside Europe to temporarily suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, only to recant on Tuesday — when its prime minister received a dose. Fox News, "EU regulator 'convinced' AstraZeneca vaccine benefit outweighs risk," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of suspend

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for suspend

Middle English, from Anglo-French suspendre, from Latin suspendere, from sub-, sus- up + pendere to cause to hang, weigh

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The first known use of suspend was in the 14th century

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3 May 2021

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“Suspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspend. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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suspend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of suspend

: 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

verb
sus·​pend | \ sə-ˈspend How to pronounce suspend (audio) \
suspended; suspending

Kids Definition of suspend

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.

suspend

transitive verb
sus·​pend

Legal Definition of suspend

1 : to debar temporarily from a privilege, office, or function
2a : to stop temporarily suspend trading
b : to make temporarily ineffective suspend a license
c : stay suspend a hearing
d : to defer until a later time — see also suspended sentence at sentence

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