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Definitions of defer

  1. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; " The government bowed to the military pressure"
  2. hold back to a later time; " let's postpone the exam"
  3. To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.
  4. To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
  5. To render or offer.
  6. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; - with to.
  7. To put off to a future time; delay; leave undone.
  8. To yiold; to give in: followed by to; as, to defer to the judgment of an older person.
  9. Deferred.
  10. Deferring.
  11. To put off; delay.
  12. To submit to another's wishes or opinions.
  13. To put off; postpone.
  14. To delay; wait.
  15. To submit or refer ( something) respectfully; with to before the indirect object.
  16. To yield respectfully; submit; with to.
  17. To put off; to delay.
  18. To yield to another's opinion.
  19. To yield or lean to another's opinion; to submit in opinion.

Usage examples for defer

  1. Notwithstanding we had endured so much fatigue, I felt as well as ever I did, and after breakfast insisted upon pursuing our journey, although F. anxiously advised me to defer it until next day. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  2. Finding himself obliged to defer to the lowest pupil of an elementary school, who has already gained some knowledge of office practice, he tries to forget all he has learned, and applies himself to a new course of study. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  3. To give me an opportunity before I go of thanking them both for all the great kindness they have shown me, and of apologizing for my wish to defer the interview. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  4. Well then, until we have got beyond the region of conjecture shall we defer giving advice on the matter? – The Memorabilia Recollections of Socrates by Xenophon
  5. To do this is precisely our place in the Order of Creation, but we must defer the question why we hold this place till later on. – The Creative Process in the Individual by Thomas Troward
  6. 316. Murray says to him: 'the Queen would dislike and suspect him, because he had deceived her with promises which he could not realise: he was the counsellor and devizer of that line of policy, which for the last five years had been pursued towards England; he it was that had induced her to defer to Elizabeth. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  7. Or perhaps he thinks that those who are whetting their weapons against a ruling king would defer an instant if one of your people should show his face against them. – The Golden Age in Transylvania by Mór Jókai
  8. Individuals would be exhorted not so much to abstain as to defer, and to cultivate the pleasures of security and anticipation. – The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes
  9. Upon this question I feel that I could say much; but at present I defer its consideration.... – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd
  10. He would defer it till bed- time. – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  11. If you fellows feel the same way about it, suppose we defer luncheon until we have seen Mr. McKay. – The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards by Gerald Breckenridge
  12. He wished to visit Ireland, where he would have been received with enthusiastic loyalty by the Catholics; but Ormonde persuaded him, from sinister motives, to defer his intention. – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  13. If it were not too near breakfast time I should take you over there to see their apparatus; but we must defer it to some other day, which will be quite as well, for then we may bring a larger party with us. – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  14. Accordingly, the archduke begged the provincial to defer Father Reinel's removal on account of his consort's distress, and this he apparently did, but he wrote to the General asking him to insist on the order being carried out, and to persuade the archduke to agree to it. – Studies from Court and Cloister by J.M. Stone
  15. This seemed to Cornelius O'Shane perfect proof, that she had no serious intention to break off or defer the match. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  16. Defer not until the evening what you may accomplish at noon. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  17. The proposal being a reasonable one, I agreed to defer the matter. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk
  18. I will defer this pleasure, however, till I see if my suspicions are correct. – The-Darrow-Enigma by Severy, Melvin Linwood
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