delay

[ dih-ley ]
/ dɪˈleɪ /

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.

noun

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

1225–75; Middle English delaien (v.), delai(e) (noun) < Old French delaier (v.), delai (noun)

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See defer1.
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British Dictionary definitions for delay

delay

/ (dɪˈleɪ) /

verb

(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

noun

the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude

Derived Forms

delayer, noun

Word Origin for delay

C13: from Old French delaier, from des- off + laier, variant of laissier to leave, from Latin laxāre to loosen, from laxus slack, lax
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