- 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
1. See defer1.
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Examples from the Web for postponement
Bad weather, however, gave her a reprieve; a spring rainstorm forced a postponement, pushing her appearance back 24 hours.The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig
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“They cite family, work schedules, etc., which result in the postponement of sex,” Queen notes.It's High Time for Conception: Studies Show Peak Times, Weather for Sex
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While there was minor damage to the craft, it was not the cause of the postponement, the sources say.NASA Endeavour Shuttle Launch Delayed
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April 3, 2011
We should have more revenue, and that without delay, hindrance, or postponement.
Now there was no longer a reason for postponement of a contract.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
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Personally he saw no necessity for postponement of the marriage.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
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For this reason he requested, through a friend, the postponement of the debate.Hidden Treasures
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Mrs. Lincoln was guided by these counsels, and no postponement was announced.Behind the Scenes
- to put off or delay until a future time
- to put behind in order of importance; defer
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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Word Origin and History for postponement
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