defer
I. transitive verb (deferred; deferring) Etymology: Middle English deferren, differren, from Middle French differer, from Latin differre to postpone, be different — more at differ Date: 14th century 1. put off, delay 2. to postpone induction of (a person) into military service • deferrer noun Synonyms: defer, postpone, suspend, stay mean to delay an action or proceeding. defer implies a deliberate putting off to a later time <
deferred buying a car until spring
>
. postpone implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time <
the game is postponed until Saturday
>
. suspend implies temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied <
business will be suspended while repairs are under way
>
. stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority <
the governor stayed the execution
>
. II. verb (deferred; deferring) Etymology: Middle English deferren, differren, from Middle French deferer, defferer, from Late Latin deferre, from Latin, to bring down, bring, from de- + ferre to carry — more at bear Date: 15th century transitive verb to delegate to another <
he could defer his job to no one — J. A. Michener
>
intransitive verb to submit to another's wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect <
deferred to her father's wishes
>
Synonyms: see yield

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  • defer — de‧fer [dɪˈfɜː ǁ ˈfɜːr] verb deferred PTandPPX deferring PRESPARTX [transitive] to delay something until a later time or date: • The president may defer decisions on future defense spending cuts. • Further discussion on the proposal will be… …   Financial and business terms

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defer — may refer to: Defer Elementary School, a Michigan State Historic Site Deference, the acknowledgement of the legitimacy of the power of one s superior or superiors Deferral, the delaying of the realization of an asset or liability until a future… …   Wikipedia

  • defer — I (put off) verb adjourn, arrest, be dilatory, bide, delay, detain, differre, discontinue, extend, file, forbear, forestall, gain time, hesitate, hinder, hold back, hold in abeyance, hold off, hold up, impede, interfere, interrupt, intervene,… …   Law dictionary

  • defer — Ⅰ. defer [1] ► VERB (deferred, deferring) ▪ put off to a later time; postpone. DERIVATIVES deferment noun deferral noun. ORIGIN Latin differre, from ferre bring, carry . Ⅱ …   English terms dictionary

  • Defer — De*fer , v. i. To put off; to delay to act; to wait. [1913 Webster] Pius was able to defer and temporize at leisure. J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defer — De*fer , v. t. [F. d[ e]f[ e]rer to pay deference, to yield, to bring before a judge, fr. L. deferre to bring down; de + ferre to bear. See {Bear} to support, and cf. {Defer} to delay, {Delate}.] 1. To render or offer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defer — [v1] hold off, put off adjourn, block, delay, detain, extend, give rain check*, hang fire*, hinder, hold up, impede, intermit, lay over, lengthen, obstruct, postpone, procrastinate, prolong, prorogue, protract, put on back burner*, put on hold*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Defer — De*fer , v. i. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; with to. [1913 Webster] The house, deferring to legal right, acquiesced. Bancroft. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defer — To delay to a future time. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • defer — bow, *yield, submit, cave, capitulate, succumb, relent Analogous words: accede, acquiesce, *assent, agree: conform, accommodate, *adapt, adjust: truckle, *fawn, cringe …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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