[ pohst-pohn, pohs- ]
/ poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs- /

verb (used with object), post·poned, post·pon·ing.

to put off to a later time; defer: He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate: to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.

Nearby words

  1. postpartum pituitary necrosis syndrome,
  2. postpartum psychosis,
  3. postpartum tetanus,
  4. postperfusion lung,
  5. postpericardiotomy syndrome,
  6. postponement,
  7. postpose,
  8. postposition,
  9. postpositive,
  10. postprandial

Origin of postpone

1490–1500; < Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post- post- + pōnere to put

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See defer1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for postpone


/ (pəʊstˈpəʊn, pəˈspəʊn) /

verb (tr)

to put off or delay until a future time
to put behind in order of importance; defer
Derived Formspostponable, adjectivepostponement, nounpostponer, noun

Word Origin for postpone

C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place

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Word Origin and History for postpone



c.1500, from Latin postponere "put after; esteem less; neglect; postpone," from post "after" (see post-) + ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Related: Postponed; postponing.

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