What does suspend mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word suspend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspend(verb)

    hang freely

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

  2. suspend(verb)

    cause to be held in suspension in a fluid

    "suspend the particles"

  3. suspend, debar(verb)

    bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.

  4. freeze, suspend(verb)

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

    "Suspend the aid to the war-torn country"

  5. suspend, set aside(verb)

    make inoperative or stop

    "suspend payments on the loan"

  6. suspend(verb)

    render temporarily ineffective

    "the prison sentence was suspended"


  1. suspend(Verb)

    To halt something temporarily

  2. suspend(Verb)

    To hang freely; underhang

  3. suspend(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspend(noun)

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

  2. Suspend(noun)

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

  3. Suspend(noun)

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

  4. Suspend(noun)

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

  5. Suspend(noun)

    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. Suspend(noun)

    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. Suspend(noun)

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

  8. Suspend(verb)

    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. sendups

  2. sends up

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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. Richard Branson:

    While those investigations are ongoing and Mr Khashoggi presence is not known, I will suspend my directorships of the two tourism projects. Virgin will also suspend Mr Khashoggi presence discussions with the Public Investment Fund over the proposed investment in our space companies Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit.

  2. Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson:

    The President has directed the Minister of Justice to suspend the curfew for today, Dec. 31, to allow religious leaders, churches and other religious groups to allow the watch night services, traditional in Liberian society.

  3. Michael Risher:

    The law is clear that when the state prosecutes a person who is unable to participate in the proceedings they have to suspend the proceedings and send that person for evaluation and treatment – and they have to do that promptly, instead, we are warehousing hundreds of people in county jails.

  4. Behrouz Kamalvandi:

    If Iran feels that the sanctions have been reinstated or not lifted, Iran has the right to partly or on the whole suspend its commitments.

  5. Erik Knutzen:

    Companies are scrambling to suspend guidance, nobody really knows what's next. This is uncharted territory.

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  • pozastavitCzech
  • aufheben, aufhängen, aufschieben, suspendieren, aussetzenGerman
  • αναστέλλωGreek
  • suspenderSpanish
  • pysäyttää, roikkua, lakkauttaa, keskeyttää, riippua, ripustaaFinnish
  • suspendre, mettre en suspensionFrench
  • croch, cuir à dreuchdScottish Gaelic
  • השעהHebrew
  • felfüggesztHungarian
  • suspensar, suspendarIdo
  • sospendere, appendereItalian
  • 停止, 下げる, 吊らす, 保留, ぶら下げるJapanese
  • whakairiMāori
  • schorsen, afbreken, onderbreken, afgelasten, ophangen, stopzetten, suspenderenDutch
  • henge, suspendere, avbryteNorwegian
  • amâna, agăța, suspenda, atârna, întrerupeRomanian
  • прекратить, приостановить, прекращать, подвешивать, приостанавливать, подвеситьRussian
  • askiya almakTurkish
  • 暂停Chinese

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    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. demolish
    • B. observe
    • C. adventure
    • D. deny

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