- 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.
- to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.
- the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
- 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.
Origin of delay
1225–75; Middle English delaien (v.), delai(e) (noun) < Old French delaier (v.), delai (noun)
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2. slow, detain. 3. procrastinate, tarry. 4. tarrying, dawdling. 5. deferment, postponement, respite.
1. See defer1.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- (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
- the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
- the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
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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Word Origin and History for undelayable
mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).
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