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suspend

sus·pend

suspend

 
pronunciation:
s spend
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: suspended, suspending, suspends
definition 1: to hang (something) from a higher position.
They suspended the chandelier directly over the center of the massive table.Large banners were suspended from the ceiling.
synonyms:
hang
similar words:
dangle
definition 2: to cause to stop for a period of time.
The game was suspended until they cleared the floor.
synonyms:
intermit, interrupt
antonyms:
resume
similar words:
adjourn, arrest, cease, check, defer, delay, discontinue, end, halt, postpone, quit, stall, stop
definition 3: to put off till later; defer.
We will suspend judgment on this case until we have further information.
synonyms:
defer, delay, postpone
similar words:
procrastinate, put aside, reserve, shelve, table, waive, withhold
definition 4: to cause to be temporarily ineffective.
Can we suspend the usual rules since we have children playing?
similar words:
shelve, waive
definition 5: to exclude for disciplinary reasons.
The principal suspended them from school for fighting.
synonyms:
expel
similar words:
bar, blackball, bounce, debar, disbar, dismiss, eject, exclude
definition 6: to cause to remain motionless, undissolved, or unattached in a fluid medium such as air or water.
The pieces of fruit are now suspended in the gelatin.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to cease activity for a period of time.
synonyms:
intermit, pause
antonyms:
resume
similar words:
cease, defer, end, halt, hesitate, quit, recess, stop
derivations: suspendible (adj.), suspendibility (n.)
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The word suspend contains the following parts:
sus- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix "sus- " occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of "sub-."
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pend, pens Latin root that means hang; weigh; spend