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de·fer1

defer1

 
 
pronunciation:
dih fuhr
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: deferred, deferring, defers
definition 1: to put off until a later time or date; postpone.
We deferred our trip because of the snowstorm.I'll defer giving my answer until I've had more time to consider.
 
synonyms:
delay, postpone, prorogue, suspend
antonyms:
close, conclude
similar words:
adjourn, intermit, procrastinate, put off, shelve, stave off, stay, table, wait
definition 2: to postpone induction of (someone) into military service.
The military deferred male college students for part of the Vietnam War.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to put off action or the like; delay; procrastinate.
synonyms:
delay, procrastinate
antonyms:
advance
similar words:
dawdle, dilly-dally, linger, recess, stall, temporize, wait
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derivations: deferred (adj.), deferrer (n.)
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