the act of delaying; procrastination.
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.
- de·lay·a·ble, adjective
- de·lay·er, noun
- de·lay·ing·ly, adverb
- pre·de·lay, noun, verb
- un·de·lay·a·ble, adjective
- un·de·lay·ing, adjective
- un·de·lay·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use delay in a sentence
This current system has built-in redundancy in case any of the companies experiences delays in their distribution.We can’t rely on just one company to distribute COVID vaccines | jakemeth | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
There were long delays and a series of what they regarded as inexplicable decisions in the case.New York Court Officials Complete Rare Review of Cases Handled by Judge Forced Into Retirement by Dementia | by Joe Sexton | November 20, 2020 | ProPublica
This delay allowed the researchers to look for improvements in symptoms that were not related to the drug.Psilocybin may help treat depression, a small study finds | Laura Sanders | November 17, 2020 | Science News
The unusual autumn major championship had barely gotten underway at Augusta National Golf Club before it was halted, and the delay will prevent the first round from finishing on Thursday.
“Most of the delays that happen today are due to the fact that there is no single source of truth,” says Timsit.The era of Central Bank Coins is upon us. Here’s why. | dzanemorris | November 11, 2020 | Fortune
We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.
He protests his innocence but is delaying the case as long as possible.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists | Thomas A. Bass | April 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A House Republican proposal to extend the shutdown while delaying the debt-ceiling default is therefore DOA.
Boehner and senior aides repeatedly tweeted that the House vote was really about “fairness” in delaying the individual mandate.The Suicidal Shutdown: Hyper-Partisan Fever Rules the Government | John Avlon | September 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet delaying reform through endless negotiation was only one of the games Wall Street lobbyists have played.The Roots of the Next Financial Crisis: How Wall Street Undermines Reform | Lawrence Lessig | June 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is also liable if delaying unreasonably to make repairs, or for making them unskillfully.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
It might be well enough to make IC spend valuable time looking for him, but such delaying actions had no positive value.Insidekick | Jesse Franklin Bone
First, the reason professed for delaying nearly a year to recognise and address the King after his restoration.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
At each telegraphic station the clerks transmitted messages delivered to them, delaying for State dispatches alone.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
Young Andrews, risking everything, was still delaying his return to his post at Junnar.The Tigress | Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for delay
(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
- delayer, noun
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