American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school.
- v. To cause to stop for a period; interrupt: suspended the trial.
- v. To hold in abeyance; defer: suspend judgment. See Synonyms at defer1.
- v. To render temporarily ineffective: suspend a jail sentence; suspend all parking regulations.
- v. To hang so as to allow free movement: suspended the mobile from the ceiling.
- v. To support or keep from falling without apparent attachment, as by buoyancy: suspend oneself in the water.
- v. To cease for a period; delay.
- v. To fail to make payments or meet obligations.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To attach to something above; to hang.
- v. Archaic To make to depend.
- v. To cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding; to interrupt; to delay; to stay.
- v. To hold in an undetermined or undecided state.
- v. To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, from the enjoyment of income, etc.
- v. To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect
- v. (Chem.) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
- 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).
- 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)
“KING: Now some aides are telling us tonight that Senator McCain might use the term suspend when he makes this announcement tomorrow.”
“The global warming law that Prop 23 would suspend is just the latest example.”
“In power schemes (laptop) selective suspend is enabled. is there another way to enable power saving on USB ports?”
“Honestly, if we are going to use the fact that Harriet Mier is not qualified because she is suspend from the Texas Bar on the techinically of her forgetting to pay her dues is nothing but redudant”
“I want to emphasize the word suspend as opposed to the word cancel.”
“That's why we use the word suspend and not cancel," he says.”
“I wish they wouldn't use the word "suspend" - that's misleading.”
“Conversations with a wide range of current and former Iranian officials from across the Islamic Republic's factional spectrum indicate that there is a widespread sense in Iran today that the decision to suspend, which is commonly attributed (at least in its instigation) to then-President Khatami, was a strategic and tactical mistake.”
“When it is, we send a bit of data back, and then call suspend on line 49.”
“Are you sure your putting the computer in "hibernate" (aka suspend to disk) or "sleep" (aka suspend to ram)?”
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