deferred

[ dih-furd ]
/ dɪˈfɜrd /

adjective

postponed or delayed.
suspended or withheld for or until a certain time or event: a deferred payment; deferred taxes.
classified as temporarily exempt from induction into military service.

Nearby words

  1. deferentially,
  2. deferentitis,
  3. deferment,
  4. deferrable,
  5. deferral,
  6. deferred annuity,
  7. deferred charge,
  8. deferred sentence,
  9. deferred share,
  10. defervesce

Origin of deferred

First recorded in 1645–55; defer1 + -ed2

Related formsun·de·ferred, adjectivewell-de·ferred, adjective

defer

1
[ 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

1
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.

defer

2
[ 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

2
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 deferred

deferred

/ (dɪˈfɜːd) /

adjective

withheld over a certain period; postponeda deferred payment
(of shares) ranking behind other types of shares for dividend

defer

1
/ (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

defer

2
/ (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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