- 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.
Origin of deferred
- 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.
- to put off action; delay.
Origin of defer1
- to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion (usually followed by to): We all defer to him in these matters.
- to submit for decision; refer: We defer questions of this kind to the president.
Origin of defer2
SynonymsSee more synonyms for defer on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for deferred
While this deferred action is controversial in the United States, in Mexico, what Obama did is universally popular.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
But for those on the Israeli right who are hoping that this deferred dream will just fade away, they can forget it.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
The U.S. Air Force would not officially comment on the matter and deferred all queries to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses?
October 30, 2014
A companion bill slated for a vote to defund DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was shelved.Pelosi to Boehner: I Quashed Impeachment, and So Can You
August 1, 2014
A place where dreams are deferred on a daily basis simply because the child happens to be born Palestinian.Chris Christie Dares to Speak the Truth About Palestinians
March 31, 2014
However, she deferred to Rufus Lynn, and Sarah had her education.Quaint Courtships
For the longer that manoeuver was deferred, the better was his chance of attaining his object.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
As to what the duke would say to me, that is another matter, and may well be deferred.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I have deferred going to town, at Mrs. Sorlings's earnest request.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
The matter is curious and interesting, and need no longer be deferred.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- withheld over a certain period; postponeda deferred payment
- (of shares) ranking behind other types of shares for dividend
- (tr) to delay or cause to be delayed until a future time; postpone
- (intr foll by to) to yield (to) or comply (with) the wishes or judgments of anotherI defer to your superior knowledge
Word Origin and History for deferred
"delayed," 1660s, past participle adjective from defer (v.1).
"to delay," late 14c., differren, deferren, from Old French differer (14c.), from Latin differre "carry apart, scatter, disperse;" also "be different, differ;" also "defer, put off, postpone," (see differ). Etymologically identical with differ; the spelling and pronunciation differentiated from 15c., perhaps partly by association of this word with delay.