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delay

[ dih-ley ]
/ dɪˈleɪ /
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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; dally: He delayed until it was too late.
noun
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.

OTHER WORDS FOR delay

4 tarrying, dawdling, loitering.
5 deferment, postponement, respite.
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Origin of delay

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English delaien (verb), delai(e) (noun), from Old French delaier (verb), delai (noun)

synonym study for delay

1. See defer1.

OTHER WORDS FROM delay

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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 of delay

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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