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Definition of suspend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they suspend
    he / she / it suspends
    past simple suspended
    -ing form suspending
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  1. 1suspend something/somebody (from something) (by/on something) to hang something from something else A lamp was suspended from the ceiling. Her body was found suspended by a rope.
  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 theater 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 judgment (= delay forming or expressing an opinion)
  4. 4[usually passive] suspend somebody (from something) to officially prevent someone from doing their job, going to school, etc. for a time The police officer was suspended while the complaint was being investigated. She was suspended from school for a week.
  5. 5be suspended in something (technology) to float in liquid or air without moving Small droplets are held suspended in the atmosphere. see also suspension
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: suspend