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Meaning of “suspend” in the English Dictionary

"suspend" in British English

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suspendverb

uk   us   /səˈspend/
  • suspend verb (STOP)

C1 [T] to ​stop something from being ​active, either ​temporarily or ​permanently: The ​ferryservice has been suspended for the ​day because of ​badweather. The country's ​president has suspended the ​constitution and ​assumedtotalpower. When you go to the ​theatre, you have to be ​willing to suspend disbelief (= to ​act as if you ​believe that what you are ​seeing is ​real or ​true, ​although you ​know that it is not). I'm suspending judgment (= not ​forming an ​opinion) on the ​book I'm ​reading until I've ​finished it. Mr Young was given a six-month ​jail sentence, suspended for two ​years (= if he ​commits another ​crime within two ​years, he will have to go to ​prison for six ​months for his ​originalcrime).B2 [T] If someone is suspended from ​work, ​school, etc., they are ​temporarily not ​allowed to ​work, go to ​school, or take ​part in an ​activity because of having done something ​wrong: She was suspended fromschool for ​fighting. He was suspended for four ​games after ​arguing with the ​referee.

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  • suspend verb (HANG)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​hang: The ​buildersworked on ​woodenplatforms, suspended by ​ropes from the ​roof of the ​building. It was very ​uncomfortablelying on the ​hospitalbed with my ​legs suspended in the ​air. [T usually + adv/prep] If ​smallpieces of ​solidmaterial are suspended in a ​gas or a ​liquid, they ​hang or ​float in the ​gas or ​liquid: The ​drug is suspended in a ​salinesolution. A ​cloud of ​smoke was suspended in the ​air.
(Definition of suspend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suspend" in American English

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suspendverb

 us   /səˈspend/
  • suspend verb (STOP)

[T] to ​stop doing an ​activity: Relief ​agencies suspended ​aidyesterday. [T] A ​person who is suspended from a ​job, ​school, or an ​activity is not ​allowed to be ​involved in it, usually as a ​punishment: Two ​students were suspended for ​damagingschoolproperty.
  • suspend verb (HANG)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​hang down from something: The ​lights were suspended from ​longcords.
(Definition of suspend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"suspend" in Business English

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suspendverb [T]

uk   us   /səˈspend/
to ​stop something, either temporarily or permanently, from ​happening or continuing: The group's ​shares were suspended at 199p while the ​takeoverdeal was ​finalized.suspend production/service/trading The Stock Exchange will suspend ​trading in the group's ​shares if they do not ​securefinancing over the next two weeks.suspend accounts/payments If ​users ignore ​messageswarning them not to ​downloadfilesillegally, their ​accounts could be suspended. indefinitely/permanently/temporarily suspended
HR, POLITICS if an ​organization suspends an ​employee or ​member, it temporarily ​stops them from ​working or from being a ​member, often because they have done something wrong: suspend sb from sth/doing sth She was suspended from her £150,000-a-year ​job for six months. Pakistan was suspended from the ​Commonwealth for ​failing to ​liftemergencyrule by the ​deadline.be suspended for 6 days/2 weeks/3 months, etc. Mr Morris, who has been suspended for a ​year, expects to ​return to his ​job after a ​meeting of ​governors. The ​director was suspended on ​fullpaypending the ​outcome of the ​investigation.
LAW to give someone a punishment, especially a prison sentence, that will not be ​carried out if they do not do anything else ​illegal within a particular ​period: She was given an 18-month suspended sentence for her ​part in the ​fraud. He ​pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month sentence suspended for 12 months.
(Definition of suspend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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