[ pohst-pohn, pohs- ]
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verb (used with object),post·poned, post·pon·ing.
  1. to put off to a later time; defer: He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.

  2. to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate: to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.

Origin of postpone

First recorded in 1490–1500; from Latin postpōnere “to put after, lay aside,” equivalent to post- post- + pōnere “to put”

synonym study For postpone

1. See defer1.

Other words from postpone

  • post·pon·a·ble, adjective
  • post·pone·ment, noun
  • post·pon·er, noun
  • non·post·pon·a·ble, adjective
  • re·post·pone, verb (used with object), re·post·poned, re·post·pon·ing.
  • un·post·pon·a·ble, adjective
  • un·post·poned, adjective
  • well-post·poned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use postpone in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for postpone


/ (pəʊstˈpəʊn, pəˈspəʊn) /

  1. to put off or delay until a future time

  2. to put behind in order of importance; defer

Origin of postpone

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

Derived forms of postpone

  • postponable, adjective
  • postponement, noun
  • postponer, noun

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