Defer De*fer", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deferring}.] [OE. differren, F. diff['e]rer, fr. L. differre to delay, bear different ways; dis- + ferre to bear. See {Bear} to support, and cf. {Differ}, {Defer} to offer.] To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold. [1913 Webster]

Defer the spoil of the city until night. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

God . . . will not long defer To vindicate the glory of his name. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • deferred — de·ferred /di fərd/ adj: withheld or delayed for or until a stated time a deferred payment deferred prosecution Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • deferred — [dē fʉrd′, difʉrd′] adj. [pp. of DEFER1] 1. postponed 2. having the rights, interest, or payment withheld until a certain date [a deferred annuity] …   English World dictionary

  • deferred — delayed, 1660s, pp. adj. from DEFER (Cf. defer) (1) …   Etymology dictionary

  • deferred — [adj] put off till a later time adjourned, assessed, charged, delayed, funded, held up, indebted, in waiting, negotiated, on hold*, on the shelf*, pigeonholed*, postponed, prolonged, protracted, remanded, renegotiated, retarded, scrubbed*,… …   New thesaurus

  • deferred — adjective Etymology: from past participle of defer (I) 1. : put off : allayed, postponed a deferred legal right : withheld for or until a stated time …   Useful english dictionary

  • deferred — adjective Date: 1651 1. withheld for or until a stated time < a deferred payment > 2. charged in cases of delayed handling < a deferred rate > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • deferred — /di ferrd /, adj. 1. postponed or delayed. 2. suspended or withheld for or until a certain time or event: a deferred payment; deferred taxes. 3. classified as temporarily exempt from induction into military service. [1645 55; DEFER1 + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • deferred — See back months. * * * deferred UK US /dɪˈfɜːd/ adjective [before noun] ► delayed until a later time: »deferred bonuses/compensation/charges …   Financial and business terms

  • deferred — adjective a) Of or pertaining to delay of an action. Examples : requested a deferred payment ; our postponed trip b) Of or pertaining to yielding to someone elses decision or judgment. Syn: delayed, postponed, acquiesced …   Wiktionary

  • deferred — adj. Deferred is used with these nouns: ↑compensation …   Collocations dictionary

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