Definitions for deferdɪˈfɜr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off(verb)

    hold back to a later time

    "let's postpone the exam"

  2. submit, bow, defer, accede, give in(verb)

    yield to another's wish or opinion

    "The government bowed to the military pressure"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defer(verb)

    to put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold

  2. Defer(verb)

    to put off; to delay to act; to wait

  3. Defer(verb)

    to render or offer

  4. Defer(verb)

    to lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to

  5. Defer(verb)

    to yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to

  6. Origin: [OE. differren, F. diffrer, fr. L. differre to delay, bear different ways; dis- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Differ, Defer to offer.]

Anagrams for defer »

  1. Freed

  2. Refed

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Madden:

    People who are nominally her superiors most likely defer to her.

  2. William Congreve:

    Defer not till tomorrow to be wise, tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise.

  3. Regina Mayor:

    Those with more experience are being retained, they are trying to defer retirements.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    You know big brothers always have to defer once in a while, but ultimately big brothers are still big brothers. You know what I mean?

  5. President Joko Widodo:

    I have decided that we will not burden the state budget, and there will be no guarantee from the government, so I defer to the SOEs (ministry).

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