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Definitions of defer

  1. To yield to another's opinion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To render or offer. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To put off to a future time; delay; leave undone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To put off; delay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To put off; to delay to act; to wait. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; - with to. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To yiold; to give in: followed by to; as, to defer to the judgment of an older person. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To submit to another's wishes or opinions. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To put off; postpone. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To submit or refer (something) respectfully; with to before the indirect object. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To delay; wait. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To yield respectfully; submit; with to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To put off; to delay. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. To yield or lean to another's opinion; to submit in opinion. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. Deferring. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Deferred. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for defer

  1. Notwithstanding we had endured so much fatigue, I felt as well as ever I did, and after breakfast insisted upon pursuing our journey, although F. anxiously advised me to defer it until next day. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  2. Finding himself obliged to defer to the lowest pupil of an elementary school, who has already gained some knowledge of office practice, he tries to forget all he has learned, and applies himself to a new course of study. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
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