Definitions for delaydɪˈleɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to put off to a later time; postpone.

  2. to impede the process or progress of; retard:

    The fog delayed the plane's landing.

  3. (v.i.)to put off action; linger; loiter.

  4. (n.)the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.

  5. an instance of being delayed.

* Syn: See defer1.

Origin of delay:

1225–75; < OF delaier (v.), delai (n.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. delay, holdup(verb)

    the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

  3. 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"

  4. delay(verb)

    act later than planned, scheduled, or required

    "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

  5. stay, detain, delay(verb)

    stop or halt

    "Please stay the bloodshed!"

  6. check, retard, delay(verb)

    slow the growth or development of

    "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. delay(noun)ɪˈleɪ

    a period of waiting when sb or sth is later than expected

    a series of delays in the process; the six-hour delay of the flight; Surgery should be performed without delay.

  2. delay(verb)ɪˈleɪ

    to start sth later than planned

    They delayed the start of the race.; Don't delay - send your donation now!

  3. delayɪˈleɪ

    to cause sb to be late or slow

    She was delayed by a family emergency.


  1. delay(Noun)

    previously unexpected period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying.

  2. delay(Verb)

    To put off until a later time; to distract.

  3. delay(Verb)

    To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.

  4. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delay

    a putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance

  2. Delay(noun)

    to put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before

  3. Delay(noun)

    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

  4. Delay(noun)

    to allay; to temper

  5. Delay(verb)

    to move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry


  1. Delay

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4077

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4483

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Nouns Frequency: #1299

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delay' in Verbs Frequency: #609

Anagrams of delay

  1. Ladye

Translations for delay

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put off to another time

We have delayed publication of the book till the spring.

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