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Meaning of SUSPEND

Pronunciation:  su'spend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to be held in suspension in a fluid, of particles, in chemistry
  2. [v]  stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it; "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"
  3. [v]  make inoperative or stop; "suspend payments on the loan"
  4. [v]  as of a prison sentence
  5. [v]  hang freely; "The secret police suspended their victims from the ceiling and beat them"
  6. [v]  bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.

SUSPEND is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: debar, freeze, set aside
 See Also: alter, break, change, dangle, defer, expel, hang, hang up, hold over, interrupt, kick out, penalise, penalize, postpone, prorogue, punish, put off, put over, remit, resuspend, rusticate, send down, set back, shelve, table, throw out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sus*pend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suspended}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Suspending}.] [F. suspendre, or OF. souspendre (where
    the prefix is L. subtus below, from sub under), L.
    suspendere, suspensum; pref. sus- (see {Sub-}) + pendere to
    hang. See {Pedant}, and cf. {Suspense}, n.]
    1. To attach to something above; to hang; as, to suspend a
       ball by a thread; to suspend a needle by a loadstone.
    2. To make to depend; as, God hath suspended the promise of
       eternal life on the condition of obedience and holiness of
       life. [Archaic] --Tillotson.
    3. To cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding;
       to interrupt; to delay; to stay.
             Suspend your indignation against my brother. --Shak.
             The guard nor fights nor fies; their fate so near At
             once suspends their courage and their fear.
    4. To hold in an undetermined or undecided state; as, to
       suspend one's judgment or opinion. --Locke.
    5. To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any
       privilege, from the execution of an office, from the
       enjoyment of income, etc.; as, to suspend a student from
       college; to suspend a member of a club.
             Good men should not be suspended from the exercise
             of their ministry and deprived of their livelihood
             for ceremonies which are on all hands acknowledged
             indifferent.                          --Bp.
    6. To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect; as,
       to suspend the habeas corpus act; to suspend the rules of
       a legislative body.
    7. (Chem.) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by
       stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
    {To suspend payment} (Com.), to cease paying debts or
       obligations; to fail; -- said of a merchant, a bank, etc.
    Syn: To hang; interrupt; delay; intermit; stay; hinder;
  2. \Sus*pend"\, v. i.
    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).