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Definitions for postpone
poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs-post·pone

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offverb

    hold back to a later time

    "let's postpone the exam"


  1. postponeverb

    To delay or put off an event, appointment etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Postponeverb

    Etymology: postpono, Lat. postposer, Fr.

    You wou’d postpone me to another reign,
    Till when you are content to be unjust. Dryden.

    The most trifling amusement is suffered to postpone the one thing necessary. John Rogers, Sermons.

    All other considerations should give way, and be postponed to this. John Locke, on Education.


  1. postpone

    To postpone means to delay or reschedule an event, action, or decision to a later time or date. It refers to putting something off or choosing not to do something right away.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Postponeverb

    to defer to a future or later time; to put off; also, to cause to be deferred or put off; to delay; to adjourn; as, to postpone the consideration of a bill to the following day, or indefinitely

  2. Postponeverb

    to place after, behind, or below something, in respect to precedence, preference, value, or importance

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Postpone

    pōst-pōn′, v.t. to put off to a future time: to defer: to delay: to subordinate.—n. Postpone′ment, act of putting off to an after-time: temporary delay—also Postpō′nence (obs.). [L. postponĕre, -positumpost, after, ponĕre, to put.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'postpone' in Verbs Frequency: #1079

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of postpone in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of postpone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of postpone in a Sentence

  1. Antonio Villaraigosa:

    We have never been here before. We are in uncharted territory and it is clear to me that it is appropriate at this time... that they are looking at contingency options, there is no decision yet to postpone or cancel the convention in anyway, but it would be malpractice not to do look at contingencies.

  2. Damon Whiteside:

    While we were disappointed to postpone our April show in Las Vegas, we couldn't be more thrilled to host the rescheduled 55th ACM Awards in the home of Country Music for the first time in the Academy's history, first and foremost, we want to ensure the safety of our artists and industry, and to ease the burdens of traveling large teams ; therefore, we decided to bring the ACM Awards to them this September in Nashville.

  3. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari:

    There is an understanding, next week there will be some hectic diplomatic activity between Baghdad, Kuwait, Geneva and New York in order to present a joint request to postpone the payment.

  4. Irwin Michael:

    Yesterday probably indicates the Federal Reserve will probably postpone any interest rate increase for fear that it could precipitate another decline like yesterday.

  5. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

    I recommended and the parades leadership agreed to postpone this years parade due to the high density and the large volume of marchers and spectators who attend.

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