From Old French sospendre, from Latin suspendere.


  • IPA(key): /səˈspɛnd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛnd
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suspend (third-person singular simple present suspends, present participle suspending, simple past and past participle suspended)

  1. To halt something temporarily.
    The meeting was suspended for lunch.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Suspend your indignation against my brother.
    • 1656, John Denham, The Destruction of Troy
      The guard nor fights nor flies; their fate so near / At once suspends their courage and their fear.
    • 2020 August 26, “Network News: Major flood damage severs key Edinburgh-Glasgow rail artery”, in Rail, page 21:
      Services between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High are currently suspended, following a 30-metre breach of the Union Canal that occurred on August 12 after torrential rain and thunderstorms. The thousands of gallons of water that cascaded onto the railway line below washed away track, ballast and overhead line equipment, and undermined embankments along a 300-metre section of Scotland's busiest rail link.
  2. To hold in an undetermined or undecided state.
    to suspend one's judgement or one's disbelief
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Locke to this entry?)
  3. To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.
    to suspend a thread of execution in a computer program
  4. To hang freely; underhang.
    to suspend a ball by a thread
  5. To bring a solid substance, usually in powder form, into suspension in a liquid.
  6. (obsolete) To make to depend.
    • a. 1694, John Tillotson, The Advantages of Religion to particular Persons
      God hath all along in the Scripture suspended the promise of eternal life on the condition of obedience and holiness of life.
  7. To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, from the enjoyment of income, etc.
    to suspend a student from college; to suspend a member of a club
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Sanderson and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Whether good men should be suspended from the exercise of their ministry , and deprived of their livelyhood for ceremonies which are on all hands acknowledged indifferent.
  8. (chemistry) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
  9. (travel, aviation) To remove the value of an unused coupon from an air ticket, typically so as to allow continuation of the next sectors' travel.


  • (to halt something temporarily; to discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event): resume


See alsoEdit

suspension, suspenders





  1. third-person singular present indicative of suspendre