- 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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- to put off or delay until a future time
- to put behind in order of importance; defer
Word Origin for postpone
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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