January 10, 2013
suspend (verb)
\suh-SPEND\ Hear it!
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."
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