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[pohst-pohn, pohs-] /poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs-/
verb (used with object), postponed, postponing.
to put off to a later time; defer:
He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate:
to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.
Origin of postpone
1490-1500; < Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post- post- + pōnere to put
Related forms
postponable, adjective
postponement, noun
postponer, noun
nonpostponable, adjective
nonpostponement, noun
repostpone, verb (used with object), repostponed, repostponing.
self-postponement, noun
unpostponable, adjective
unpostponed, adjective
well-postponed, adjective
1. See defer1 . Unabridged
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/pəʊstˈpəʊn; pəˈspəʊn/
verb (transitive)
to put off or delay until a future time
to put behind in order of importance; defer
Derived Forms
postponable, adjective
postponement, noun
postponer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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Word Origin and History for postpone

c.1500, from Latin postponere "put after; esteem less; neglect; postpone," from post "after" (see post-) + ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Related: Postponed; postponing.

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