- to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared.
- to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder: The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
- to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.
- the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
- an instance of being delayed: There were many delays during the train trip.
- the period or amount of time during which something is delayed: The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.
Origin of delay
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Related Wordsstoppage, lag, setback, moratorium, postponement, suspension, problem, wait, obstruct, defer, restrict, suspend, bar, detain, shelve, prevent, withhold, stay, prolong, stall
Examples from the Web for delay
The child almost died from the delay of an hour in seeking help.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Dr. Melson says abstinence only training shows no delay in sexual activity.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains
November 29, 2014
This is a case where delay is denial—with potentially deadly results.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
There was, I am told, a two-hour delay caused by concerns about the temperature of the fuel.Virgin Galactic’s Flight Path to Disaster: A Clash of High Risk and Hyperbole
November 1, 2014
But delay hurts, deprivation is unfair, and waiting (and waiting) matters.Last of the Anti-Gay Marriage Judges
September 5, 2014
Some horrible accident might happen to delay us here thirty minutes.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Wilson, chafing under the delay, was obliged to admit to himself that it was best.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In the making of fancies and jests he sees a chance of delay.De Profundis
Yates did not like to ask the cause of the delay; so the three sat there silently.In the Midst of Alarms
The idea never occurred to her that there should be the slightest hindrance or the least delay.The Dream
- (tr) to put off to a later time; defer
- (tr) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain
- (intr) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate
- (intr) to linger; dawdle
- the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
- the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
Word Origin and History for delay
mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).