Definitions for delaydɪˈleɪ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word delay
delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait(noun)
time during which some action is awaited
"instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
delay, detain, hold up(verb)
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"
act later than planned, scheduled, or required
"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
stay, detain, delay(verb)
stop or halt
"Please stay the bloodshed!"
check, retard, delay(verb)
slow the growth or development of
"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
previously unexpected period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying.
To put off until a later time; to distract.
To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.
Origin: From delaien, from delaier, deslaier, from des- + laier, a conflation of Old , and Old . Akin to latian, latu, læfan. More at let (to hinder), late, leave.
a putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance
to put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before
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
to allay; to temper
to move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry
Origin: [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun dlai, or directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer, Dilate.]
Delay is an audio effect which records an input signal to an audio storage medium, and then plays it back after a period of time. The delayed signal may either be played back multiple times, or played back into the recording again, to create the sound of a repeating, decaying echo.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
de-lā′, v.t. to put off to another time: to defer: to hinder or retard.—v.i. to pause, linger, or put off time.—n. a putting off or deferring: a lingering: hinderance:—pr.p. delay′ing; pa.p. delayed′.—n. Delay′er.—adv. Delay′ingly. [O. Fr. delaier—L. differre, dilātum—dis, apart, ferre, to carry.]
de-lā′, v.t. (Spens.) to temper, dilute, weaken. [Fr. délayer, dilute—L. deliquāre, clarify.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4077
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4483
Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Nouns Frequency: #1299
Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Verbs Frequency: #609
The numerical value of delay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of delay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You may delay, but time will not.
It’s called delay, delay, delay.
That's exactly what the Republican leader is doing: Delay, delay, delay.
It's up to Mitch McConnell and everyone else to stop it, it's called delay, delay, delay.
It’s up to Mitch McConnell and everyone else to stop it, it’s called delay, delay, delay.
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Translations for delay
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- سوف, تأخير, تأخرArabic
- отлагане, отлагам, забавям, забавяне, закъснениеBulgarian
- Verzögerung, etwas [[verschieben]], sich [[verspäten]]German
- retraso, demora, demorar, retrasarSpanish
- دیرکرد, درنگPersian
- siirtää, viivästys, viivyttää, viivästyttääFinnish
- retard, délai, retarderFrench
- dàilScottish Gaelic
- לעכב, איחורHebrew
- देर, विलंबHindi
- 遅延, 遅れ, 遅らせるJapanese
- دوای ئهخات, دواخستن, پاشخستنKurdish
- akutōtanga, whakaakutōMāori
- uitstellen, vertragingDutch
- demorar, atraso, demora, mora, atrasarPortuguese
- întârzia, întârziere, amânaRomanian
- промедление, отложи́ть, заде́рживать, задержка, опоздание, откла́дывать, задержа́тьRussian
- skjuta upp, förseningSwedish
- ertelemek, gecikme, rötarTurkish
- hoãn, trì hoãnVietnamese
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