What does delay mean?

Definitions for delay
dɪˈleɪde·lay

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

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"

Wiktionary

  1. delay(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. delay(Verb)

    To put off until a later time; to distract.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. delay(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Delay(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Delay(noun)

    to allay; to temper

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Delay(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delay

    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, dilātumdis, apart, ferre, to carry.]

  2. Delay

    de-lā′, v.t. (Spens.) to temper, dilute, weaken. [Fr. délayer, dilute—L. deliquāre, clarify.]

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

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How to say delay in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of delay in a Sentence

  1. Hedy Kober:

    From many studies we know that mindfulness improves our attention to detail and ability to concentrate, research also shows that if you delay your decision-making by even just a few seconds, those decisions tend to be much more accurate. So mindfulness gives you the ability to pause and think things through more fully.

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    We are committed to the permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantling of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program and to do so without delay.

  3. Soren Skou:

    There are some traditional retailers in a lot of trouble and, as you know, some have started to go bankrupt, some customers ask us to delay shipments and we have found extra storage and warehouse facilities for them.

  4. Zsuzsanna Jakab:

    We must collectively respond, without further delay, to close immunization gaps, it is unacceptable that, after the last 50 years’ efforts to make safe and effective vaccines available, measles continues to cost lives, money and time.

  5. Sudirman Said:

    There might be a slight delay (to the project) due to this assessment.

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Translations for delay

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  • سوف, تأخير, تأخرArabic
  • отлагане, отлагам, забавям, забавяне, закъснениеBulgarian
  • zpožděníCzech
  • Verzögerung, etwas [[verschieben]], sich [[verspäten]]German
  • αναβάλλωGreek
  • retraso, demora, demorar, retrasarSpanish
  • دیرکرد, درنگPersian
  • siirtää, viivästys, viivyttää, viivästyttääFinnish
  • retard, délai, retarderFrench
  • faillíIrish
  • dàilScottish Gaelic
  • לעכב, איחורHebrew
  • देर, विलंबHindi
  • tardigarIdo
  • töfIcelandic
  • 遅延, 遅れ, 遅らせるJapanese
  • دوای ئه‌خات, دواخستن, پاشخستنKurdish
  • akutōtanga, whakaakutōMāori
  • tangguhkanMalay
  • uitstellen, vertragingDutch
  • demorar, atraso, demora, mora, atrasarPortuguese
  • apatatayQuechua
  • întârzia, întârziere, amânaRomanian
  • промедление, отложи́ть, заде́рживать, задержка, опоздание, откла́дывать, задержа́тьRussian
  • sklzSlovak
  • skjuta upp, förseningSwedish
  • ఆలస్యముTelugu
  • ertelemek, gecikme, rötarTurkish
  • затримкаUkrainian
  • دیرUrdu
  • hoãn, trì hoãnVietnamese

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