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English verb: suspend

1. suspend (contact) hang freely

SamplesThe secret police suspended their victims from the ceiling and beat them.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)hang, hang up

Narrower (hyponym)dangle

2. suspend (change) cause to be held in suspension in a fluid

SamplesSuspend the particles.

ExamplesThey suspend the lights from the ceiling

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)resuspend

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

3. suspend (social) bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)expel, kick out, throw out

Narrower (hyponym)rusticate, send down

Entailpenalise, penalize, punish

4. suspend (change) stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it

SamplesSuspend the aid to the war-torn country.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, interrupt

5. suspend (change) make inoperative or stop

SamplesSuspend payments on the loan.

Synonymsset aside

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

6. suspend (stative) render temporarily ineffective

SamplesThe prison sentence was suspended.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defer, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table

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