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Definition of suspend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    suspend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//səˈspend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suspend
    BrE BrE//səˈspend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspend//
     
    he / she / it suspends
    BrE BrE//səˈspendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspendz//
     
    past simple suspended
    BrE BrE//səˈspendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspendɪd//
     
    past participle suspended
    BrE BrE//səˈspendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspendɪd//
     
    -ing form suspending
    BrE BrE//səˈspendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səˈspendɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1suspend something/somebody (from something) (by/on something) (formal) to hang something from something else A lamp was suspended from the ceiling. Her body was found suspended by a rope. See related entries: Structures
  2. 2suspend something to officially stop something for a time; to prevent something from being active, used, etc. for a time Production has been suspended while safety checks are carried out. The constitution was suspended as the fighting grew worse. In the theatre we willingly suspend disbelief (= temporarily believe that the characters, etc. are real).
  3. 3suspend something to officially delay something; to arrange for something to happen later than planned The introduction of the new system has been suspended until next year. to suspend judgement (= delay forming or expressing an opinion)
  4. 4[usually passive] suspend somebody (from something) to officially prevent somebody from doing their job, going to school, etc. for a time The police officer was suspended while the complaint was investigated. She was suspended from school for a week. See related entries: School life
  5. 5be suspended in something (specialist) to float in liquid or air without moving Small droplets are held suspended in the atmosphere.
  6. see also suspension
    Word Origin Middle English: from Old French suspendre or Latin suspendere, from sub- ‘from below’ + pendere ‘hang’.Extra examples She has been suspended on full pay following a disciplinary hearing. She was suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation. The EU should have the power to suspend subsidy payments to farmers who pollute the environment. The girls had been suspended from school for five days. The government has decided to suspend production at the country’s biggest lead plant. The players will be automatically suspended. They have the power to suspend subsidy payments. We both got suspended for fighting. Aid flights have been suspended for a week after fighting near the city’s airport. The jury was asked to suspend judgement.
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