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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"
References in classic literature ?
The skin he tacked on a board and suspended the board by a string from his bedroom window.
Higher up, in the utter clarity of the western slope, the evening star hung like a lamp suspended by silver chains--like the lamp engraved upon the title-page of old Latin texts, which is always appearing in new heavens, and waking new desires in men.
Madame Ratignolle removed her veil, wiped her face with a rather delicate handkerchief, and fanned herself with the fan which she always carried suspended somewhere about her person by a long, narrow ribbon.
Twenty times the gourd or the venison was suspended before his lips, while his head was turned aside, as though he listened to some distant and distrusted sounds--a movement that never failed to recall his guests from regarding the novelties of their situation, to a recollection of the alarming reasons that had driven them to seek it.
There he seemed to sit, with a dim veil of decay and ruin betwixt him and the world, but through which, at flitting intervals, might be caught the same expression, so refined, so softly imaginative, which Malbone--venturing a happy touch, with suspended breath --had imparted to the miniature
A gift, a faculty, if it had not been departed, was suspended and inanimate within me.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
That kept us a little longer suspended and unbruised.
In vain the captain threatened to throw him overboard; suspended a cutlass over his naked wrists; Queequeg was the son of a King, and Queequeg budged not.
The callous indifference was gone; there was now sensibility, hope, desire, and the striving for good,--a strife irregular, interrupted, suspended oft, but yet renewed again.
While we were looking at it, GLU"CKLICHEWEISE a gleam of sunshine came out, and instantly a beautiful rainbow was formed by the spray, and hung in mid-air suspended over the awful gorge.
The eyes of the husband and wife met with awe in them, as at a crisis which suspended affection.