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[suh-spend] /səˈspɛnd/
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)
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for suspended
  • New regulations were postponed, and federal audits and program reviews were suspended.
  • Water suspended the soot, keeping the ink runny enough to write with.
  • If clay particles are suspended in the water because of poor water chemistry, spread barley straw or hay around the shore.
  • The top floor opens to a balcony shaded by a red-and-yellow awning suspended on metal brackets.
  • The sentence was suspended last month, but her fate looks dicey.
  • Rainbows appear when light originating from the sun is refracted and reflected by small water droplets suspended in the air.
  • But unlike the other slugs, they mate while suspended from a long thread of slime.
  • Instead, they'll fall into a kind of suspended animation, or hibernation.
  • Last year, the college suspended four faculty members who participated in a campus protest against cuts to course offerings.
  • But the real damage was to the local coal-mining industry: work has been suspended pending investigation.
British Dictionary definitions for suspended


(transitive) to hang from above so as to permit free movement
(transitive; passive) to cause to remain floating or hanging: a cloud of smoke was suspended over the town
(transitive) to render inoperative or cause to cease, esp temporarily: to suspend interest payments
(transitive) to hold in abeyance; postpone action on: to suspend a decision
(transitive) to debar temporarily from privilege, office, etc, as a punishment
(transitive) (chem) to cause (particles) to be held in suspension in a fluid
(transitive) (music) to continue (a note) until the next chord is sounded, with which it usually forms a dissonance See suspension (sense 11)
(intransitive) to cease payment, as from incapacity to meet financial obligations
(transitive) (obsolete) to put or keep in a state of anxiety or wonder
(intransitive) (obsolete) to be attached from above
Derived Forms
suspendible, suspensible, adjective
suspendibility, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin suspendere from sub- + pendere to hang
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Word Origin and History for suspended



late 13c., "to bar or exclude temporarily from some function or privilege, to cause to cease for a time," from Old French suspendre, from Latin suspendere "to hang, stop," from sub "up from under" (see sub-) + pendere "cause to hang, weigh" (see pendant). The literal sense of "to cause to hang by a support from above" is recorded from mid-15c. Suspenders is attested from 1810, American English. Suspended animation first recorded 1795.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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