Definitions for deferdɪˈfɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fer*dɪˈfɜr(v.t.)-ferred, -fer•ring.

  1. to postpone; delay.

  2. to exempt temporarily from induction into military service.

    Category: Military

* Syn: defer , delay , postpone imply keeping something from occurring until a future time. To defer is to decide to do something at a more convenient time in the future; it often suggests avoidance: to defer making a payment. delay is sometimes equivalent to defer , but it usu. suggests a hindrance or dilatory tactic: Completion of the work was deferred by bad weather. To postpone is to put off to a particular time in the future, often to wait for new information or developments: to postpone a trial.

Origin of defer:

1325–75; ME deferren, var. of differren to differ


de•ferdɪˈfɜr(v.)-ferred, -fer•ring.

  1. (v.i.)to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion.

  2. (v.t.)to submit for decision; refer.

Origin of defer:

1400–50; late ME deferren < L dēferre to carry from or down, report, accuse

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

Anagrams of defer

  1. Freed

  2. Refed

Translations for defer

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with to ) to act according to the wishes or opinions of another or the orders of authority

I defer to your greater knowledge of the matter.

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