What does defer mean?

Definitions for deferdɪˈfɜr

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defer.

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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defer

    de-fėr′, v.t. to put off to another time: to delay:—pr.p. defer′ring; pa.p. deferred′.—ns. Defer′ment; Defer′rer, a procrastinator.—Deferred annuity (see Annuity); Deferred pay, an allowance paid to soldiers on their discharge, or to their relations on their death; Deferred shares, shares issued by a trading company, but not entitling the holder to a full share of the profits of the company, and sometimes to none at all, until the expiration of a specified time or the occurrence of some event. [L. differredis, asunder, ferre, to bear, carry.]

  2. Defer

    de-fėr, v.i. to yield to the wishes or opinions of another, or to authority.—v.t. to submit to or lay before:—pr.p. defer′ring; pa.p. deferred′.—n. Def′erence, a deferring or yielding in judgment or opinion: regard: submission.—adj. Def′erent, bearing away, carrying off.—n. a deferent duct (as opposed to an afferent one) in the human body.—adj. Deferen′tial, expressing deference or respect.—adv. Deferen′tially. [L. deferrede, down, and ferre, to bear.]

Anagrams for defer »

  1. Freed

  2. Refed


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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. Howard Thill:

    If we do not receive good value for an asset, we will defer the sale of that asset until a later date.

  5. 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?

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