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defer

2 [dih-fur]
verb (used without object), deferred, deferring.
1.
to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion (usually followed by to ): We all defer to him in these matters.
verb (used with object), deferred, deferring.
2.
to submit for decision; refer: We defer questions of this kind to the president.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English deferren < Latin dēferre to carry from or down, report, accuse, equivalent to dē- de- + ferre to bear1


1. accede, submit, acquiesce, capitulate.
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defer1 (dɪˈfɜː)
 
vb , -fers, -ferring, -ferred
(tr) to delay or cause to be delayed until a future time; postpone
 
[C14: from Old French differer to be different, postpone; see differ]
 
de'ferrable1
 
adj
 
de'ferable1
 
adj
 
de'ferrer1
 
n

defer2 (dɪˈfɜː)
 
vb (foll by to) , -fers, -ferring, -ferred
to yield (to) or comply (with) the wishes or judgments of another: I defer to your superior knowledge
 
[C15: from Latin dēferre, literally: to bear down, from de- + ferre to bear]

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defer
"delay," late 14c., from O.Fr. differer, from L. differre "set apart, put off, delay," also "be different, differ," from dis- "apart" + ferre "carry" (see infer). Etymologically identical with differ; the spelling and pronunciation differentiated from 15c., partly by association
of this word with delay.

defer
"yield," late 15c., from M.Fr. deferer, from L. deferre "carry away, transfer, grant;" modern sense is from meaning "refer (a matter) to someone," from de- "down, away" + ferre "carry" (see infer).
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