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Suspend


SUSPEND', verb transitive [Latin suspendo; sub and pendo, to hang.]

1. To hang; to attach to something above; as, to suspend a ball by a thread; to suspend the body by a cord or by hooks; a needle suspended by a loadstone.

2. To make to depend on. God hath suspended the promise of eternal life on the condition of faith and obedience.

3. To interrupt; to intermit; to cause to cease for a time.

The guard nor fights nor flies; their fate so near

At once suspends their courage and their fear.

4. To stay; to delay; to hinder from proceeding for a time.

SUSPEND your indignation against my brother.

I suspend their doom.

5. To hold in a state undermined; as, to suspend one's choice or opinion.

6. To debar from any privilege, from the execution of an office, or from the enjoyment of income.

Good men should not be suspended from the exercise of their ministry and deprived of their livelihood for ceremonies which are acknowledged indifferent.

7. To cause to cease for a time from operation or effect; as, to suspend the habeas corpus act.