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deferred

[dih-furd] /dɪˈfɜrd/
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
1645-1655
1645-55; defer1 + -ed2
Related forms
undeferred, adjective
well-deferred, adjective

defer1

[dih-fur] /dɪˈfɜr/
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
Related forms
deferrer, noun
Synonyms
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.

defer2

[dih-fur] /dɪˈfɜr/
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
Synonyms
1. accede, submit, acquiesce, capitulate.
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Examples for deferred
  • 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.
  • The remaining $300 can be deferred and subtracted from the cost of the new house.
  • Variable annuities are tax-deferred retirement plans.
  • To make up for the difference, they awarded him more than $4-million in deferred compensation in 2008.
  • Your son has probably been deferred to finish his medical education.
  • Excluding deferred compensation and goodwill amortization, the loss was 30 cents per share.
  • The federal government deferred blame to local regulators.
British Dictionary definitions for deferred

deferred

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

defer1

/dɪˈfɜː/
verb -fers, -ferring, -ferred
1.
(transitive) to delay or cause to be delayed until a future time; postpone
Derived Forms
deferrable, deferable, adjective
deferrer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French differer to be different, postpone; see differ

defer2

/dɪˈfɜː/
verb -fers, -ferring, -ferred
1.
(intransitive) foll by to. to yield (to) or comply (with) the wishes or judgments of another I defer to your superior knowledge
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēferre, literally: to bear down, from de- + ferre to bear
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Word Origin and History for deferred
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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