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The word suspend and its family (suspended, suspending, suspends, suspension) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb suspend

What does suspend mean as a doing word?

Suspend is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: suspended | suspending | suspends

  1. hang freely
    • example: The secret police suspended their victims from the ceiling and beat them
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]Cheryl stood the books there
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Cheryl stood the books on the shelf
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Destination, locative adverb]The books lean there
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The books lean against the shelf

      Verbs of Putting (with the same syntax): dangle, hang, lean, perch, rest, sit, stand.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: hang / hang up = cause to be hanging or suspended
    • more specific word: dangle = cause to dangle or hang freely
  2. cause to be held in suspension in a fluid
    • examples: suspend the particles | They suspend the lights from the ceiling
    • domain: chemical science / chemistry
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific word: resuspend = put back into suspension
  3. bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
  4. stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
    • example: Suspend the aid to the war-torn country
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of suspend: freeze
    • more generic words: break / interrupt = terminate
  5. make inoperative or stop
    • example: suspend payments on the loan
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of suspend: set aside
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  6. render temporarily ineffective

Alternative definition of the verb suspend

verb

  1. To halt something temporarily
  2. To hang freely; underhang
  3. To discontinue or interrupt a function, task, position, or event.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for suspend

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Google previewNew York Legislative Documents (1920)

by New York (State). Legislature

The motion to suspend is a power exercised upon one state of facts in one manner, and to accomplish one result. Expulsion is a power exercised upon an entirely different state of facts for a different cause, and to accomplish a different result.

Google previewLegislative Documents (1920)

The motion to suspend is a power exercised upon one state of facts in one manner, and to accomplish one result. Expulsion is a power exercised upon an entirely different state of facts for a different cause, and to accomplish a different result.

Google previewUSPTO Image File Wrapper Petition Decisions 0492

Owner Renewed Petition To Suspend In the present patent owner renewed petition, patent owner takes the position that because an Order granting inter partes reexamination has now been issued, the petition to suspend is a proper paper.

Google previewUbuntu Unleashed 2015 Edition (2014)

Covering 14.10 and 15.04 by Matthew Helmke

Suspend means that your computer writes its current state to memory and goes into a low-power mode. Your computer will start much faster the next time you use it because it does not need to perform a full boot, but rather brings the system up ...

Google previewIn the Studio with Joyce Piven (2012)

Theatre Games, Story Theatre and Text Work for Actors by Joyce Piven, Susan Applebaum

Suspend is a more accurate word than freeze, because the player in a suspended state is ready to take, ready to respond, immediately ready to take back the stage. Ideally, the frozen player will “take” what was “given” and. 173 Appendix.

Google previewProceedings of the Judiciary Committee of the Assembly (1920)

in the matter of the investigation by the Assembly of the State of New York as to the qualifications of Louis Waldmen, August Claessens, Samuel A. De Witt, Samuel Orr and Charles Solomon, to retain their seats in said Body by New York (State). Legislature. Assembly. Standing Committee on the Judiciary, Louis M. Martin, Louis Waldman, Samuel Aaron De Witt, August Claessens, Samuel Orr, Charles Solomon

The motion to suspend is a power exercised upon one state of facts in one manner, and to accomplish one result. Expulsion is a power exercised upon an entirely different state of facts for a different cause, and to accomplish a different result.

Google previewThe Congressional Globe (1868)

The power to suspend is a power to create two Secretaries, or rather to have two Secretaries at the same time; for suspending an oflicer, independent of the statute, does not create a vacancy in the office, does not terminate the salary.

Google previewReflective Practice for Renewing Schools (2016)

An Action Guide for Educators by Jennifer York-Barr, William A. Sommers, Gail S. Ghere, Jo Montie

To suspend means to set aside our perceptions, our feelings, or judgments, and our impulses for a time and listen to and monitor carefully our own internal experience and what comes up from within the group. “Ultimately, dialogue achieves a ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Primatology, 3 Volume Set (2017)

by Agust?n Fuentes

Extended/ flexed bipedal walk Limb flexion and symmetry/ direction of travel Ipsilateral/ contralateral suspend Head-first/rump-first descent Forelimb/tail suspend majority of ...

Google previewWebster's II Children's Dictionary (2003)

plural suspects suspend verb 1. To hang, especially so as ...

Google previewWörterbuch der Handels-, Finanz- und Rechtssprache / Dictionary of Commerical, Financial and Legal Terms / Dictionnaire des Termes Commerciaux, Financiers et Juridiques (2012)

by HERBST

| to interrupt; to suspend || interrompre; remettre | den Strafvollzug ~; die Strafvollstreckung ~ | to suspend a sentence || surseoir une condamnation | die ...

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Usage statistics about suspend

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb suspend:

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Quotes about suspend

Always question. Always analyze. But in the end, suspend judgment until you've been there. Live it to learn it. (Mark McClinchie)
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Scrabble value of S1U1S1P3E1N1D2

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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