Thesaurus

suspend

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of suspend

1 to bring to a formal close for a period of time
  • the judge suspended the hearing to give the district attorney more time to process evidence

Synonyms for suspend

Words Related to suspend

Near Antonyms for suspend

2 to place on an elevated point without support from below
  • suspended a banner proclaiming the town's "Heritage Days" from the archway

Synonyms for suspend

Words Related to suspend

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About suspend

How is the word suspend distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of suspend are defer, postpone, and stay. While all these words mean "to delay an action or proceeding," suspend implies temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied.

business will be suspended while repairs are underway

When would defer be a good substitute for suspend?

While the synonyms defer and suspend are close in meaning, defer implies a deliberate putting off to a later time.

deferred buying a car until spring

When can postpone be used instead of suspend?

Although the words postpone and suspend have much in common, postpone implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time.

the game is postponed until Saturday

When might stay be a better fit than suspend?

The synonyms stay and suspend are sometimes interchangeable, but stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority.

the governor stayed the execution

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about suspend

Time Traveler for suspend

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Suspend.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/suspend. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on suspend

Dictionary: Definition of suspend

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with suspend

Spanish Central: Translation of suspend

Nglish: Translation of suspend for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of suspend for Arabic Speakers

Comments on suspend

What made you want to look up suspend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!