from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school.
- transitive v. To cause to stop for a period; interrupt: suspended the trial.
- transitive v. To hold in abeyance; defer: suspend judgment. See Synonyms at defer1.
- transitive v. To render temporarily ineffective: suspend a jail sentence; suspend all parking regulations.
- transitive v. To hang so as to allow free movement: suspended the mobile from the ceiling.
- transitive v. To support or keep from falling without apparent attachment, as by buoyancy: suspend oneself in the water.
- intransitive v. To cease for a period; delay.
- intransitive v. To fail to make payments or meet obligations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To halt something temporarily
- v. To hang freely; underhang
- v. To bring a solid substance, usually in powder form, into suspension in a liquid
- v. To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To attach to something above; to hang.
- transitive v. To make to depend.
- transitive v. To cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding; to interrupt; to delay; to stay.
- transitive v. To hold in an undetermined or undecided state.
- transitive v. To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, from the enjoyment of income, etc.
- transitive v. To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect
- transitive v. To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
- intransitive v. To cease from operation or activity; esp., to stop payment, or be unable to meet obligations or engagements (said of a commercial firm or a bank).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to hang; make to depend from anything; hang: as, to suspend a ball by a thread; hence, to hold, or keep from falling or sinking, as if by hanging: as, solid particles suspended in a liquid.
- To make to depend (on).
- To cause to cease for a time; hinder from proceeding; interrupt; stay; delay: as, all business was suspended.
- To hold undetermined; refrain from forming or concluding definitely: as, to suspend one's opinion.
- To debar, usually for a time, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, or from the enjoyment of income: as, a student suspended for some breach of discipline (rarely, in this use, suspended from college).
- To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect: as, to suspend the Habeas Corpus Act; to suspend the rules of a deliberative assembly.
- In music, to hold back or postpone the progression of (a voice-part) while the other parts proceed, usually producing a temporary discord. See suspension, 5.
- To cease from operation; desist from active employment; specifically, to stop payment, or be unable to meet one's engagements.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make inoperative or stop
- v. render temporarily ineffective
- v. hang freely
- v. bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
- v. cause to be held in suspension in a fluid
- v. stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
Middle English suspenden, from Old French suspendre, from Latin suspendere : sub-, from below; see sub- + pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)