verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of delay
Synonyms for delay
Examples from the Web for delay
The child almost died from the delay of an hour in seeking help.
Dr. Melson says abstinence only training shows no delay in sexual activity.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains|Aurora Snow|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is a case where delay is denial—with potentially deadly results.
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|Clive Irving|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But delay hurts, deprivation is unfair, and waiting (and waiting) matters.
Becoming impatient of this delay, Madame Nelson pressed them for an explanation.
We will leave these poor devils, in pity, to trade with others; but they must not delay us to make a pretence of earning money.No Thoroughfare|Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
They lent for nothing, but exacted damages for all delay in repayment.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe|James Harvey Robinson
Some delay in their arrival home was occasioned by an untoward incident even before they finally left London.The Story of the Cambrian|C. P. Gasquoine
The young man was still less disposed to be vexed with Wolf for his delay when Barbara appeared in Ursel's room.Barbara Blomberg, Complete|Georg Ebers
Word Origin for delay
mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).