Definitions for: Suspend


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Denham.

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.
Sanderson.

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;
debar.


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).

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

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