- to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared.
- to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder: The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
- to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.
- the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
- an instance of being delayed: There were many delays during the train trip.
- the period or amount of time during which something is delayed: The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.
Origin of delay
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Examples from the Web for delaying
We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.The Pill Is More Than Birth Control
July 29, 2014
He protests his innocence but is delaying the case as long as possible.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists
Thomas A. Bass
April 6, 2014
A House Republican proposal to extend the shutdown while delaying the debt-ceiling default is therefore DOA.Paralyzed by Polarization
October 12, 2013
Boehner and senior aides repeatedly tweeted that the House vote was really about “fairness” in delaying the individual mandate.The Suicidal Shutdown: Hyper-Partisan Fever Rules the Government
September 29, 2013
Yet delaying reform through endless negotiation was only one of the games Wall Street lobbyists have played.The Roots of the Next Financial Crisis: How Wall Street Undermines Reform
June 23, 2013
At the tollhouse, there were further excuses for delaying the inevitable moment.Other Tales and Sketches
And so I saw the delaying of you was not so simple, so easy.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She laughed, thinking of delaying dying in her own bed as long as possible.L'Assommoir
Now we are no better off, for every day is full, so we are delaying it again.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
"You're only delaying us, Captain Robers," replied Winford coldly.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
- (tr) to put off to a later time; defer
- (tr) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain
- (intr) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate
- (intr) to linger; dawdle
- the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
- the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
Word Origin and History for delaying
mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).