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

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

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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

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

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“Suspend.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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