defer

  • 1defer — 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… …

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  • 2Defer — 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

  • 3Defer — 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… …

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  • 4defer — 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,… …

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  • 5defer — 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 …

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  • 6Defer — 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] …

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  • 7Defer — 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]… …

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  • 8defer to — (someone) to accept the opinion or judgment of someone else. In the end, you must defer to your boss, because the boss is always right …

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  • 9defer — [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*,… …

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  • 10Defer — 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

  • 11defer to — index acknowledge (verify), comply, concur (agree), hear (give attention to), honor, obey …

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  • 12defer — To delay to a future time. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …

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  • 13defer — bow, *yield, submit, cave, capitulate, succumb, relent Analogous words: accede, acquiesce, *assent, agree: conform, accommodate, *adapt, adjust: truckle, *fawn, cringe …

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  • 14defer — has the inflections deferred, deferring, and the derived forms deference (= respect, with stress on the first syllable), deferral, and deferment (postponement, both with stress on the second syllable) …

    Modern English usage

  • 15defer — defer1 [dē fʉr′, difʉr′] vt., vi. deferred, deferring [ME differren < OFr differer: see DIFFER] 1. to put off to a future time; postpone; delay 2. to postpone the induction of (a person) into compulsory military service SYN. YIELD deferrable… …

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  • 16defer to — de ˈfer to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they defer to he/she/it defers to present participle deferring to past tense deferred to …

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  • 17defer — defer1 deferrer, n. /di ferr /, v., deferred, deferring. v.t. 1. to put off (action, consideration, etc.) to a future time: The decision has been deferred by the board until next week. 2. to exempt temporarily from induction into military service …

    Universalium

  • 18defer — de|fer [dıˈfə: US ˈfə:r] v past tense and past participle deferred present participle deferring [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: différer, from Latin differre to delay, be different . defer to 1400 1500 French déférer, from Late Latin… …

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  • 19defer — [[t]dɪfɜ͟ː(r)[/t]] defers, deferring, deferred 1) VERB If you defer an event or action, you arrange for it to happen at a later date, rather than immediately or at the previously planned time. [V n/ ing] Customers often defer payment for as long… …

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  • 20defer — I de•fer [[t]dɪˈfɜr[/t]] v. t. ferred, fer•ring 1) to postpone; delay 2) mil to exempt temporarily from induction into military service • Etymology: 1325–75; ME deferren, var. of differren to differ de•fer′rer, n. syn: defer, delay, postpone… …

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