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.
(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


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