verb (used with object)
to hang by attachment to something above: to suspend a chandelier from the ceiling.
to attach so as to allow free movement: to suspend a door on a hinge.
to keep from falling, sinking, forming a deposit, etc., as if by hanging: to suspend solid particles in a liquid.
to hold or keep undetermined; refrain from forming or concluding definitely: to suspend one's judgment.
to defer or postpone: to suspend sentence on a convicted person.
to cause to cease or bring to a stop or stay, usually for a time: to suspend payment.
to cause to cease for a time from operation or effect, as a law, rule, privilege, service, or the like: to suspend ferry service.
to debar, usually for a limited time, from the exercise of an office or function or the enjoyment of a privilege: The student was suspended from school.
to keep in a mood or feeling of expectation or incompleteness; keep waiting in suspense: Finish the story; don't suspend us in midair.
Music. to prolong (a note or tone) into the next chord.
verb (used without object)
to come to a stop, usually temporarily; cease from operation for a time.
to stop payment; be unable to meet financial obligations.
to hang or be suspended, as from another object: The chandelier suspends from the ceiling.
to be suspended, as in a liquid, gas, etc.

1250–1300; Middle English suspenden < Latin suspendere to hang up, equivalent to sus- sus- + pendere (transitive) to hang (see pend, suspense)

suspendible, adjective
suspendibility, noun
nonsuspended, adjective
presuspend, verb (used with object)
resuspend, verb
self-suspended, adjective
unsuspended, adjective
unsuspendible, adjective

6. hold up, intermit. See interrupt. Unabridged
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suspend (səˈspɛnd)
1.  (tr) to hang from above so as to permit free movement
2.  (tr; passive) to cause to remain floating or hanging: a cloud of smoke was suspended over the town
3.  (tr) to render inoperative or cause to cease, esp temporarily: to suspend interest payments
4.  (tr) to hold in abeyance; postpone action on: to suspend a decision
5.  (tr) to debar temporarily from privilege, office, etc, as a punishment
6.  (tr) chem to cause (particles) to be held in suspension in a fluid
7.  (tr) music See suspension to continue (a note) until the next chord is sounded, with which it usually forms a dissonance
8.  (intr) to cease payment, as from incapacity to meet financial obligations
9.  obsolete (tr) to put or keep in a state of anxiety or wonder
10.  obsolete (intr) to be attached from above
[C13: from Latin suspendere from sub- + pendere to hang]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to bar or exclude temporarily from some function or privilege, to cause to cease for a time," from O.Fr. suspendre, from L. suspendere "to hang, stop," from sub "up from under" + pendere "cause to hang, weigh" (see pendant). The lit. sense of "to cause to hang
by a support from above" is recorded from mid-15c. Suspenders is attested from 1810, Amer.Eng. Suspended animation first recorded 1795.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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