What does delay mean?

Definitions for delay
dɪˈleɪde·lay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, waitnoun

    time during which some action is awaited

    "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

  2. delay, holdupverb

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

  3. delay, detain, hold upverb

    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. delayverb

    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, delayverb

    stop or halt

    "Please stay the bloodshed!"

  6. check, retard, delayverb

    slow the growth or development of

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

Wiktionary

  1. delaynoun

    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. delayverb

    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. delayverb

    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. Delaynoun

    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. Delaynoun

    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. Delaynoun

    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. Delayverb

    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.]

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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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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. De Haan:

    This is a long duration event, if you don't need fuel urgently, delay purchases for those who are critical and first responders.

  2. Reza Mostafavi Tabatabaei:

    Because of the sanctions, Iran didn't have enough money to pay for the rig, because of the delay in payments, the selling company canceled the contract.

  3. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki:

    We did however, convey the delay to SIGAR and we did not intentionally withhold information for these quarterly reports. We expect it will be complete in the next quarter with all of the details across the board.

  4. Andrew Mies:

    Any delay or setback in the reopening theme is probably going to be a headwind for the energy sector, (But)the market is telling you that its confidence in the cyclicals are diminished right now.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    I apologize for the slight delay; even presidents have problems with toner.

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Translations for delay

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  • سوف, تأخر, تأخيرArabic
  • забавяне, забавям, отлагам, отлагане, закъснениеBulgarian
  • zpožděníCzech
  • etwas [[verschieben]], sich [[verspäten]], VerzögerungGerman
  • αναβάλλωGreek
  • retrasar, demorar, retraso, demoraSpanish
  • درنگ, دیرکردPersian
  • siirtää, viivästys, viivästyttää, viivyttääFinnish
  • retard, retarder, délaiFrench
  • faillíIrish
  • dàilScottish Gaelic
  • איחור, לעכבHebrew
  • विलंब, देरHindi
  • tardigarIdo
  • töfIcelandic
  • 遅れ, 遅らせる, 遅延Japanese
  • دوای ئه‌خات, دواخستن, پاشخستنKurdish
  • akutōtanga, whakaakutōMāori
  • tangguhkanMalay
  • uitstellen, vertragingDutch
  • mora, atrasar, demorar, atraso, demoraPortuguese
  • apatatayQuechua
  • întârzia, întârziere, amânaRomanian
  • задержа́ть, задержка, опоздание, заде́рживать, отложи́ть, промедление, откла́дыватьRussian
  • sklzSlovak
  • skjuta upp, förseningSwedish
  • ఆలస్యముTelugu
  • gecikme, ertelemek, rötarTurkish
  • затримкаUkrainian
  • دیرUrdu
  • trì hoãn, hoãnVietnamese

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