What does defer mean?

Definitions for defer
dɪˈfɜrde·fer

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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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Defer(verb)

    to put off; to delay to act; to wait

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Defer(verb)

    to render or offer

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Defer(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Defer(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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

How to pronounce defer?

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How to say defer in sign language?

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Numerology

  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

Examples of defer in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Bryson:

    The natural inclination at the moment is to defer (investment), whereas what you want to do is to incentivise a board to say actually the government has created such a positive environment, we'd be nuts not to.

  2. Ronald Levin:

    Evidently, the administration has decided not to wait, normally, the appeals court would defer to a district court's management of the case, but in some circumstances they might override that judgment.

  3. Norman Olson:

    We will defer to the lawful historic authority which is the county sheriff. He indeed is the commander of the local militia and when a situation erupts in which we would be deputized.

  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. Stephan Grellet:

    I expect to pass through this world but once any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

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