- 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
1. See defer1.
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Examples from the Web for postponed
Yes, he may have been ill, but if he was politically healthy, the meeting would have been postponed until he was able to appear.Has North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Been Toppled?
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More than once the Iraqis we worked with postponed our engagements so they could mourn slain colleagues.The View of Iraq From Troops in Afghanistan
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Owing to a citizen protest, which moved the issue to district court, the vote has been postponed to April 2014.Drone Hunting Vote Is Squashed by Citizen Protest
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Never has that been more the case than when she hosted the 2001 Emmys, which were postponed twice following the 9/11 attacks.Ellen DeGeneres Is the Perfect Choice to Host the 2014 Oscars
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My guess is his sentence could be much harsher or, more likely, the decision will be postponed for a long time and then again.Confident Hosni Mubarak Appears in Court
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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.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Of course, his marriage was now to be postponed till the election should be over.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
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)
The pleasure of reading that book must be postponed until I reach New York.One Day's Courtship
- to put off or delay until a future time
- to put behind in order of importance; defer
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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Word Origin and History for postponed
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