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postpone

[pohst-pohn, pohs-] /poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs-/
verb (used with object), postponed, postponing.
1.
to put off to a later time; defer:
He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
2.
to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate:
to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.
Origin of postpone
1490-1500
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
Synonym Study
1. See defer1.
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  • With the knowledge that he could pay his debts, he postponed the day.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But Napoleon did not intend that the matter should be given up or postponed.

  • Of course, his marriage was now to be postponed till the election should be over.

  • I re-urged her to make me happy, but I was to be postponed to her cousin Morden's arrival.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The pleasure of reading that book must be postponed until I reach New York.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for postponed

postpone

/pəʊstˈpəʊn; pəˈspəʊn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put off or delay until a future time
2.
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 postponed

postpone

v.

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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