defer

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[ dih-fur ]
/ dɪˈfɜr /

verb (used with object), de·ferred, de·fer·ring.

to put off (action, consideration, etc.) to a future time: The decision has been deferred by the board until next week.
to exempt temporarily from induction into military service.

verb (used without object), de·ferred, de·fer·ring.

to put off action; delay.

Origin of defer

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1325–75; Middle English deferren, variant of differren to differ
Related formsde·fer·rer, noun

Synonym study

1. Defer, delay, postpone imply keeping something from occurring until a future time. To defer is to decide to do something later on: to defer making a payment. To delay is sometimes equivalent to defer, but usually it is to act in a dilatory manner and thus lay something aside: to delay one's departure. To postpone a thing is to put it off to (usually) some particular time in the future, with the intention of beginning or resuming it then: to postpone an election. 3. procrastinate.

Definition for defer (2 of 2)

defer

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[ dih-fur ]
/ dɪˈfɜr /

verb (used without object), de·ferred, de·fer·ring.

to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion (usually followed by to): We all defer to him in these matters.

verb (used with object), de·ferred, de·fer·ring.

to submit for decision; refer: We defer questions of this kind to the president.

Origin of defer

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1400–50; late Middle English deferren < Latin dēferre to carry from or down, report, accuse, equivalent to dē- de- + ferre to bear1
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British Dictionary definitions for defer (1 of 2)

defer

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/ (dɪˈfɜː) /

verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred

(tr) to delay or cause to be delayed until a future time; postpone
Derived Formsdeferrable or deferable, adjectivedeferrer, noun

Word Origin for defer

C14: from Old French differer to be different, postpone; see differ

British Dictionary definitions for defer (2 of 2)

defer

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/ (dɪˈfɜː) /

verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred

(intr foll by to) to yield (to) or comply (with) the wishes or judgments of anotherI defer to your superior knowledge

Word Origin for defer

C15: from Latin dēferre, literally: to bear down, from de- + ferre to bear
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