January 10, 2013
- suspend (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to force to give up some right or position for a time2 a : to stop or do away with for a time b : to put off on certain conditions3 a : to hang so as to be free on all sides except at the point of support b : to keep from falling or sinking by some invisible support
- How do you use it?
- Mrs. Barry announced that our after school Ultimate Frisbee games would be suspended until the warm weather returned.
- Are you a word wiz?
Don't put off answering today's quiz: which of the following is a synonym of "suspend"?We won't keep you hanging; C is the correct answer! "Suspend" and its synonyms "defer" and "postpone" mean to delay an action or proceeding. Use "suspend" to indicate a temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied, as in "Activities in the gym were suspended while repairs were made." Choose "defer" to imply a deliberate putting off to a later time, such as "He deferred buying a coat until fall." "Postpone" implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time, for example, "The test was postponed until Friday."