What does suspend mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspendverb

    hang freely

    "The secret police suspended their victims from the ceiling and beat them"

  2. suspendverb

    cause to be held in suspension in a fluid

    "suspend the particles"

  3. suspend, debarverb

    bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.

  4. freeze, suspendverb

    stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

    "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"

  5. suspend, set asideverb

    make inoperative or stop

    "suspend payments on the loan"

  6. suspendverb

    render temporarily ineffective

    "the prison sentence was suspended"


  1. suspendverb

    To halt something temporarily

  2. suspendverb

    To hang freely; underhang

  3. suspendverb

    To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Suspendverb

    Etymology: suspendre, French; suspendo, Latin.

    As ’twixt two equal armies fate
    Suspends uncertain victory;
    Our souls, which to advance our state,
    Were gone out, hung ’twixt her and me. John Donne.

    It is reported by Ruffinus, that in the temple of Serapis, there was an iron chariot suspended by loadstones; which stones removed, the chariot fell and was dashed to pieces. Brown.

    God hath in the scripture suspended the promise of eternal life upon this condition, that without obedience and holiness of life no man shall ever see the Lord. John Tillotson.

    The harmony
    Suspended hell, and took with ravishment
    The thronging audience. John Milton.

    The guard nor fights nor flies; their fate so near,
    At once suspends their courage and their fear. John Denham.

    This is the hinge on which turns the liberty of intellectual beings, in their steady prosecution of true felicity, that they can suspend this prosecution in particular cases, till they have looked before them. John Locke.

    Suspend your indignation against my brother, till you can derive from him better testimony of his intent. William Shakespeare.

    His answer did the nymph attend;
    Her looks, her sighs, her gestures all did pray him;
    But Godfrey wisely did his grant suspend,
    He doubts the worst, and that a while did stay him. Edward Fairfax.

    To themselves I left them;
    For I suspend their doom. John Milton.

    The reasons for suspending the play were ill founded. Dryden.

    The British dame, famed for resistless grace,
    Contends not now but for the second place;
    Our love suspended, we neglect the fair,
    For whom we burn’d, to gaze adoring here. George Granville.

    A man may suspend his choice from being determined for or against the thing proposed, till he has examined whether it be really of a nature to make him happy or no. John Locke.

    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. Robert Sanderson.

    The bishop of London was summoned for not suspending Dr. Sharp. Jonathan Swift.


  1. suspend

    Sleep mode (or suspend to RAM) is a low power mode for electronic devices such as computers, televisions, and remote controlled devices. These modes save significantly on electrical consumption compared to leaving a device fully on and, upon resume, allow the user to avoid having to reissue instructions or to wait for a machine to reboot. Many devices signify this power mode with a pulsed or red colored LED power light.


  1. suspend

    To suspend generally refers to the act of temporarily stopping, delaying, or halting something. It can be applied in various contexts, such as suspending a rule, a person from a job or school, a service, or even a physical object in air. This stop or delay can be either for a definitive period or indefinitely, until certain conditions are met.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspendnoun

    to attach to something above; to hang; as, to suspend a ball by a thread; to suspend a needle by a loadstone

  2. Suspendnoun

    to make to depend; as, God hath suspended the promise of eternal life on the condition of obedience and holiness of life

  3. Suspendnoun

    to cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding; to interrupt; to delay; to stay

  4. Suspendnoun

    to hold in an undetermined or undecided state; as, to suspend one's judgment or opinion

  5. Suspendnoun

    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

  6. Suspendnoun

    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. Suspendnoun

    to support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action

  8. Suspendverb

    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)

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suspend

    sus-pend′, v.t. to hang one thing beneath another: to make to depend on: to make to stop for a time: to delay: to debar from any privilege, office, emolument, &c. for a time.—ns. Suspen′ded-animā′tion, the temporary cessation of the outward signs and of some of the functions of life—due to asphyxia, drowning, strangulation; Suspen′der, one who, or that which, suspends, one of a pair of straps crossing the shoulders to support the trousers; Suspense′, state of being suspended: act of withholding the judgment: uncertainty: indecision: stop betwixt two opposites; Suspensibil′ity, susceptibility of being suspended.—adj. Suspen′sible, capable of being suspended.—ns. Suspen′sion, act of suspending: interruption: delay: temporary privation of office or privilege: a conditional withholding; Suspen′sion-bridge, a bridge in which the roadway is supported by chains, which pass over elevated piers, and are secured below at each end.—adj. Suspen′sive.—adv. Suspen′sively.—n. Suspen′sor, a suspensory bandage.—adj. Suspensō′rial.—n. Suspensō′rium, that which holds up a part, esp. the arrangement joining the lower jaw to the cranium in vertebrates below mammals.—adj. Suspen′sory, that suspends: doubtful.—n. that which suspends: a bandage: having the effect of delaying or staying.—Suspend payment, to publicly stop paying debts from insolvency. [L. suspendĕresub, beneath, pendēre, pensum, to hang.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. suspend

    To delay, to protract; hence, to suspend hostilities. It is likewise used to express the act of temporarily depriving an officer of rank and pay, in consequence of some offense. See Appendix, Articles of War, 101.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspend' in Verbs Frequency: #650

Anagrams for suspend »

  1. sends up

  2. sendups

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspend in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of suspend in a Sentence

  1. Ernest Hemingway:

    Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Learning to suspend your imagination and live completely in the very second of the present with no before and no after is the greatest gift a soldier can acquire.

  2. Daniel Defoe:

    The best of men cannot suspend their fate The good die early, and the bad die late.

  3. Richard Sherman:

    Whatever they did -- the risk reward was greater, they were trying to suspend Marshawn [Lynch] for gold shoes -- that really affects the game if you suspend Marshawn for gold shoes, but then you got balls being deflated and that's an issue.

  4. Qais Abu Laila:

    This is the right time to suspend security coordination, the feeling within the Palestinian leadership is to review the entire relationship with Israel in light of the ... decision to suspend tax revenues and the continuation of land confiscation.

  5. Jon Parker:

    Once drones are sighted over an airfield the authorities have no option but to suspend all flights. If they didn't and it led to a disaster then they would be slated, we've seen nothing on this scale before although Manchester Airport did suspend all flights for a short time back in 2017 after a drone was seen.

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Translations for suspend

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  • pozastavitCzech
  • aufschieben, aufheben, aussetzen, aufhängen, suspendierenGerman
  • αναστέλλωGreek
  • suspenderSpanish
  • pysäyttää, keskeyttää, ripustaa, lakkauttaa, riippua, roikkuaFinnish
  • suspendre, mettre en suspensionFrench
  • cuir à dreuchd, crochScottish Gaelic
  • השעהHebrew
  • felfüggesztHungarian
  • suspensar, suspendarIdo
  • sospendere, appendereItalian
  • 保留, ぶら下げる, 吊らす, 下げる, 停止Japanese
  • whakairiMāori
  • stopzetten, afgelasten, onderbreken, afbreken, suspenderen, schorsen, ophangenDutch
  • suspendere, avbryte, hengeNorwegian
  • atârna, întrerupe, suspenda, agăța, amânaRomanian
  • подвесить, приостанавливать, подвешивать, прекращать, приостановить, прекратитьRussian
  • askiya almakTurkish
  • 暂停Chinese

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