Suspend

Definition of Suspend

Sus`pend´
v. t.1.To attach to something above; to hang; as, to suspend a ball by a thread; to suspend a needle by a loadstone.
[imp. & p. p. Suspended; p. pr. & vb. n. Suspending.]
2.To make to depend; as, God hath suspended the promise of eternal life on the condition of obedience and holiness of life.
3.To cause to cease for a time; to hinder from proceeding; to interrupt; to delay; to stay.
Suspend your indignation against my brother.
- Shak.
The guard nor fights nor fies; their fate so near
At once suspends their courage and their fear.
- Denham.
4.To hold in an undetermined or undecided state; as, to suspend one's judgment or opinion.
5.To debar, or cause to withdraw temporarily, from any privilege, from the execution of an office, from the enjoyment of income, etc.; as, to suspend a student from college; to suspend a member of a club.
Good men should not be suspended from the exercise of their ministry and deprived of their livelihood for ceremonies which are on all hands acknowledged indifferent.
- Bp. Sanderson.
6.To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect; as, to suspend the habeas corpus act; to suspend the rules of a legislative body.
7.(Chem.) To support in a liquid, as an insoluble powder, by stirring, to facilitate chemical action.
To suspend payment
(Com.) to cease paying debts or obligations; to fail; - said of a merchant, a bank, etc.
v. i.1.To cease from operation or activity; esp., to stop payment, or be unable to meet obligations or engagements (said of a commercial firm or a bank).

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