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v. sus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends
1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school.
2. To cause to stop for a period; interrupt: suspended the trial.
a. To hold in abeyance; defer: suspend judgment. See Synonyms at defer1.
b. To render temporarily ineffective: suspend a jail sentence; suspend all parking regulations.
4. Music To hold or prolong (a note or notes) in suspension.
a. To hang so as to allow free movement: suspended the mobile from the ceiling.
b. To support or keep from falling without apparent attachment, as by buoyancy: The manatee is suspended in the water.
c. Chemistry To disperse or put (particles, for example) in suspension.
1. To cease for a period; delay.
2. To fail to make payments or meet obligations.
suspend disbelief
To accept as plausible something one knows to be untrue, especially the setting and plot of a drama or fiction so as to allow the appreciation of art.

[Middle English suspenden, from Old French suspendre, from Latin suspendere : sub-, from below; see sub- + pendere, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adj.1.suspended - (of undissolved particles in a fluid) supported or kept from sinking or falling by buoyancy and without apparent attachment; "suspended matter such as silt or mud..."; "dust particles suspended in the air"; "droplets in suspension in a gas"
supported - held up or having the weight borne especially from below; "supported joints in a railroad track have ties directly under the rail ends"
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