- 1Temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect: work on the dam was suspendedMore example sentences
- While immediate lay-offs have been temporarily suspended, the crisis continues with thousands of jobs among Rover's suppliers also under threat.
- The traders have been forced to temporarily suspend trading as they do not want any more clients to fall into this black hole.
- Recently Ryanair was forced to temporarily suspend services on its Strasbourg / London route.
- 1.1Officially prohibit (someone) from holding their usual post or carrying out their usual role for a particular length of time: two officers were suspended from duty pending the outcome of the investigationMore example sentences
- She was suspended from her post in charge of 20 community wardens last summer and her contract was not renewed when it expired in March this year.
- The Evening Echo has learned he was suspended from his role as governor immediately after he was arrested.
- Hall was suspended from his post the following day.
- 1.2Defer or delay (an action, event, or judgement): the judge suspended judgement until January 15More example sentences
adjourn, interrupt, break off, postpone, delay, defer, shelve, arrest, put off, intermit, prorogue, hold over, put aside, pigeonhole, put/hold/keep in abeyance; reschedule; cut short, bring to an end, cease, discontinue, dissolve, disband, terminate, call a halt to; North American table• informal put on ice, put on the back burner, mothballNorth American • informal take a rain check on
- Cannier SME owners will suspend judgement until they see what real changes emerge in the kind of deals their banks are prepared to offer.
- Refreshments were served and the Ballinrobe Branch has now suspended its weekly meeting until September.
- I'm suspending this meeting until a later time when I can get everyone's complete attention and input.
- 1.3 Law (Of a judge or court) cause (an imposed sentence) not to be enforced as long as no further offence is committed within a specified period: the sentence was suspended for six months (as adjective suspended) a suspended jail sentenceMore example sentences
- The judge suspended the sentence but the conviction stood.
- Instead, the judge suspended the 18-month prison sentence for two years.
- Five years of the sentence was conditionally suspended for five years.
- 2Hang (something) from somewhere: the light was suspended from the ceilingMore example sentences
- In some bizarre animator's joke, they were literally suspended, all hung in the air in a big room.
- The key to the diary was suspended from a silver key chain.
- At the head of the room, a large screen was suspended from the ceiling and onto it was projected what appeared to be the layout for their graduation.
- 3 (be suspended) (Of solid particles) be dispersed throughout the bulk of a fluid: the paste contains collagen suspended in a salt solutionMore example sentences
- This is coupled through solid-fluid interaction rules to the Newtonian rotation and translation of solid particles suspended in the fluid.
- Latex emulsions are made up of polymeric materials suspended in an aqueous solvent by a surfactant.
- The mobility of electrons is influenced by cellular metabolism and the concentration of charged particles suspended in body fluid.
- Temporarily allow oneself to believe something that is not true, especially in order to enjoy a work of fiction.More example sentences
- Feature films invite us to defy reality, believe a fiction, suspend disbelief.
- Though the older ones might know very well that the characters are just ordinary persons in disguise, they are ready to suspend disbelief and enjoy themselves along with the rest.
- It's not like superheroes, where an essentially silly subject has a huge cultural resonance allowing an audience to suspend disbelief.
- (Of a company) cease to meet its financial obligations as a result of insolvency or insufficient funds.More example sentences
- It followed that the debt, evidenced by the receipt, had not matured when the merchant suspended payment.
- Wracked by civil wars, Mexico suspended payment on its international loans in 1861 and in retaliation a joint Anglo-Spanish-French force seized Vera Cruz.
Middle English: from Old French suspendre or Latin suspendere, from sub- 'from below' + pendere 'hang'.