suspend

suspend
suspend [sə spend′]
vt.
[ME suspenden < OFr suspendre < L suspendere, to hang up < sus-, for sub-,SUB- + pendere, to hang: see PEND]
1. to bar or exclude as a penalty from an office, school, position, etc., usually for a specified time; debar
2. to cause to cease or become inoperative for a time; stop temporarily [to suspend train service, to suspend a rule]
3.
a) to defer or hold back (judgment), as until more is known
b) to hold in abeyance or defer action on (a sentence, etc.)
4. to hang by a support from above so as to allow free movement
5. to hold or keep (dust in the air, particles in a liquid, etc.) in suspension
6. Now Rare to keep in suspense, wonder, etc.
7. Music to continue (a note) into the following chord
vi.
1. to stop temporarily
2. to withhold payment of debts or obligations, as through inability to pay
SYN.- ADJOURN, EXCLUDE

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