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Definition of Suspend


  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.
  3. To cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding; to interrupt; to delay; to stay.
  4. To hold in an undetermined or undecided state; as, to suspend one's judgment or opinion.
  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.
  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. To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
  8. 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).

Suspend Quotations

With theatre, we all agree to suspend our disbelief about so many things, but not about race. It's totally OK to have one actor playing five roles - people are willing to believe that. But they won't believe it if there's a black or an Asian kid who has white parents. What does that say about us?
David Henry Hwang

Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.
Ernest Hemingway

In order to have faith, or follow any other organized religion, I'd have to suspend a degree of disbelief.
Pete Townshend

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

Our duty is to believe that for which we have sufficient evidence, and to suspend our judgment when we have not.
John Lubbock
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Suspend Translations

suspend in French is suspendez, suspendons, suspendent, suspends
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