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verb [transitive] [often passive]     suspend pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesuspending
past tensesuspended
past participlesuspended
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  1. 1
    to officially stop someone from doing their job or from going to school for a limited time because they have done something wrong
  2. 2
    to officially stop something for a short time

    Operations at the plant have been suspended because of safety concerns.

  3. 3
    formal to hang something from something else

    A huge chandelier was suspended above the table.

    They suspended him by his feet.


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