[pohst-pohn, pohs-]

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.

Origin of postpone

1490–1500; < Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post- post- + pōnere to put
Related formspost·pon·a·ble, adjectivepost·pone·ment, nounpost·pon·er, nounnon·post·pon·a·ble, adjectivenon·post·pone·ment, nounre·post·pone, verb (used with object), re·post·poned, re·post·pon·ing.self-post·pone·ment, nounun·post·pon·a·ble, adjectiveun·post·poned, adjectivewell-post·poned, adjective

Synonym study

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

Related Words for postponed

delayed, suspended, withheld, tabled, intermitted, scrubbed

Examples from the Web for postponed

Contemporary Examples of postponed

Historical Examples of postponed

  • With the knowledge that he could pay his debts, he postponed the day.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But Napoleon did not intend that the matter should be given up or postponed.

  • Of course, his marriage was now to be postponed till the election should be over.

  • I re-urged her to make me happy, but I was to be postponed to her cousin Morden's arrival.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The pleasure of reading that book must be postponed until I reach New York.

British Dictionary definitions for postponed


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 postponed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper