suspend
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French suspendre, from Latin suspendere, from sub-, sus- up + pendere to cause to hang, weigh Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to debar temporarily especially from a privilege, office, or function <
suspend a student from school
>
2. a. to cause to stop temporarily <
suspend bus service
>
b. to set aside or make temporarily inoperative <
suspend the rules
>
3. to defer to a later time on specified conditions <
suspend sentence
>
4. to hold in an undetermined or undecided state awaiting further information <
suspend judgment
>
<
suspend disbelief
>
5. a. hang; especially to hang so as to be free on all sides except at the point of support <
suspend a ball by a thread
>
b. to keep from falling or sinking by some invisible support (as buoyancy) <
dust suspended in the air
>
c. to put or hold in suspension <
suspended sediment
>
6. a. to keep fixed or lost (as in wonder or contemplation) b. to keep waiting in suspense or indecision 7. to hold (a musical note) over into the following chord intransitive verb 1. to cease operation temporarily 2. to stop payment or fail to meet obligations 3. hang Synonyms: see defer

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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