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Definitions of delay

  1. act later than planned, scheduled, or required; " Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
  2. time during which some action is awaited; " instant replay caused too long a delay"; " he ordered a hold in the action"
  3. slow the growth or development of; " The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
  4. stop or halt; " Please stay the bloodshed!"
  5. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
  6. cause to be slowed down or delayed; " Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; " she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
  7. A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.
  8. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
  9. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
  10. To allay; to temper.
  11. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.
  12. Delaying.
  13. To put off; to postpone; make late; hinder for a time.
  14. To act or proceed slowly.
  15. Postponement; detention; as, the delay was caused by a storm; procrastination.
  16. Delayer.
  17. Delayed.
  18. To put off to another time: to defer: to hinder or retard.
  19. To pause, linger, or put off time.
  20. A putting off or deferring; pa. p. delayed.
  21. Lingering; detention; stay.
  22. To linger.
  23. To put off; defer; retard.
  24. To put off; postpone; detain; retard; hinder.
  25. To act slowly; procrastinate.
  26. A putting off; postponement; procrastination; hindrance.
  27. Putting off, or deferring; lingering; detention.
  28. To put off; to defer; to retard; to detain.
  29. To linger; to stop for a time.
  30. To put off; to defer; to hinder for a time; to postpone; to protract; to linger.
  31. A putting off; the time lost; hindrance of motion.
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Quotes of delay

  1. Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay – Simone de Beauvoir
  2. I filed the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay not because I'm a Democrat and he's a Republican or even because he drew me out of my congressional seat but because he engaged in corruption to further his plans to disenfranchise voters in Texas. – Chris Bell
  3. I need to decide whether to apply for college or delay it for a couple of years while I pursue some more acting projects. Right now I'm trying to sort things out, so I can make the right choices. – Lacey Chabert
  4. We ask the great masses of India to be patient a short time longer, while the cause of freedom is being fought out, not because we want to delay but because the hard facts of war make a complete change impossible at the moment. – Stafford Cripps
  5. What's troubling is that the Republicans to defend Mr. DeLay are weakening the ethics process. – Barney Frank
  6. Tom DeLay fears independent thinkers and fighters. I am both. – Martin Frost
  7. Social Security's future has gotten worse, and each year we delay reform adds to the cost we are pushing off onto our children. – John Goodman
  8. I mean, it's been quite busy, especially with the rain delay the first few days, and then having to play the late evenings, waiting here every day. It's been kind of difficult. – Daniela Hantuchova
  9. This is a matter of public health. The public was sick and tired of DeLay and his corruption. – Jim Hightower
  10. Delay is preferable to error. – Thomas Jefferson
  11. At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay The wise do everything in its proper time. – Ovid
  12. Everyone I have spoken with so far recognises the need for the IRA to respond positively and every has said sooner is better than later and I think there is some concern if it does continue to delay much longer that the situation isn't going to remain the same. – Mitchell Reiss
  13. The greatest remedy for anger is delay – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  14. No one felt it more than the President. I saw him repeatedly, and he fairly groaned at the inexplicable delay in the advent of help from the loyal States. – Henry Villard

Usage examples for delay

  1. Before I had been on the cliffs an hour, I had made my plans, and these I started to carry out without delay – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  2. That ought to be done without delay – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  3. This lad should be in his father's hands with as little delay as possible. – Viking Boys by Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
  4. But she was gone already, and conscious that further delay was only making matters worse, he went on into the hall. – The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Various
  5. Marcus did mind delay but it was worse not knowing. – Mezzerow Loves Company by Floyd L. Wallace
  6. But then I cannot be a witness to Peggy's delight, for if you delay so long I will have to be off to Melbourne before that time. – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  7. Why was the delay – Foes by Mary Johnston
  8. " Then a delay of a day or so will not matter," he said, frowning. – Green Fancy by George Barr McCutcheon
  9. You will have to answer for this delay – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  10. For yet a little while, and, He that is to come will come and will not delay – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  11. A day's delay won't matter." – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  12. The delay was very bitter to him. – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. " There shall be no delay on my part," said Don Quixote. – The History of Don Quixote, Volume II., Complete by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  14. " I am sorry to say that we can agree to no delay – Down the Slope by James Otis
  15. Delay is now what we need. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  16. My answer to him I delay until Felicity returns. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  17. But it didn't matter, except for the delay – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  18. Oh, do not delay – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green
  19. No delay My thoughts admit; I wish it were to day. – The Fatal Jealousie (1673) by Henry Nevil Payne Commentator: Willard Thorp
  20. Yes, but since he is so late, we'll not delay any longer. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux

Rhymes for delay