defer

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[dih-fur]
verb (used with object), de·ferred, de·fer·ring.
  1. to put off (action, consideration, etc.) to a future time: The decision has been deferred by the board until next week.
  2. to exempt temporarily from induction into military service.
verb (used without object), de·ferred, de·fer·ring.
  1. 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for deferrer

defer

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verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred
  1. (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

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verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for deferrer

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.

defer

v.2

"yield," mid-15c., from Middle French déférer (14c.) "to yield, comply," from Latin deferre "carry away, transfer, grant," from de- "down, away" (see de-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Main modern sense is from meaning "refer (a matter) to someone," which also was in Latin.

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