deferred

[dih-furd]
adjective
1.
postponed or delayed.
2.
suspended or withheld for or until a certain time or event: a deferred payment; deferred taxes.
3.
classified as temporarily exempt from induction into military service.

Origin:
1645–55; defer1 + -ed2

undeferred, adjective
well-deferred, adjective
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defer

1 [dih-fur]
verb (used with object), deferred, deferring.
1.
to put off (action, consideration, etc.) to a future time: The decision has been deferred by the board until next week.
2.
to exempt temporarily from induction into military service.
verb (used without object), deferred, deferring.
3.
to put off action; delay.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English deferren, variant of differren to differ

deferrer, noun


1. Defer, delay, postpone imply keeping something from occurring until a future time. To defer is to decide to do something later on: to defer making a payment. To delay is sometimes equivalent to defer but usually it is to act in a dilatory manner and thus lay something aside: to delay one's departure. To postpone a thing is to put it off to (usually) some particular time in the future, with the intention of beginning or resuming it then: to postpone an election. 3. procrastinate.

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]

deferred (dɪˈfɜːd)
 
adj
1.  withheld over a certain period; postponed: a deferred payment
2.  (of shares) ranking behind other types of shares for dividend

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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).

deferred
"delayed," 1660s, pp. adj. from defer (1).
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Example sentences
David came to trust Victoria implicitly and always deferred to her.
Purchases for deferred viewing will be much lower volume.
As a result, deferred compensation in domestic funds is very uncommon.
He recently got a letter from the company telling him that his date of joining
  has been deferred by six months.
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