Pronunciation: (su-spend'),[key] —v.t. 1. to hang by attachment to something above: to suspend a chandelier from the ceiling. 2. to attach so as to allow free movement: to suspend a door on a hinge. 3. to keep from falling, sinking, forming a deposit, etc., as if by hanging: to suspend solid particles in a liquid. 4. to hold or keep undetermined; refrain from forming or concluding definitely: to suspend one's judgment. 5. to defer or postpone: to suspend sentence on a convicted person. 6. to cause to cease or bring to a stop or stay, usually for a time: to suspend payment. 7. to cause to cease for a time from operation or effect, as a law, rule, privilege, service, or the like: to suspend ferry service. 8. to debar, usually for a limited time, from the exercise of an office or function or the enjoyment of a privilege: The student was suspended from school. 9. to keep in a mood or feeling of expectation or incompleteness; keep waiting in suspense: Finish the story; don't suspend us in midair. 10. Music.to prolong (a note or tone) into the next chord.
—v.i. 1. to come to a stop, usually temporarily; cease from operation for a time.
2. to stop payment; be unable to meet financial obligations.
3. to hang or be suspended, as from another object: The chandelier suspends from the ceiling. 4. to be suspended, as in a liquid, gas, etc.