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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
1325-1375
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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  • In his estimate of works involving special knowledge, the individual wisely defers to the authority of experts.
  • Thus tuition discounting is, at best, a holding strategy that temporarily defers the day of reckoning.
  • He defers to the experts in the field, as he should.
  • But that's also a convenient argument for him, since it defers responsibility from his office.
  • Ponder, who normally is reserved and defers attention to his teammates, said he was blown away by the attention.
  • Most co-pilots give the choice of meal to the captain, and the captain often defers back to the co-pilot.
  • Because this final rule defers a reporting deadline, it requires little preparation or behavior adjustment.
  • Federal law generally defers to state law on matters relating to property.
  • If the court defers the fees and costs, you are responsible to pay them according to the schedule set up by the court.
  • The trial court apparently did not believe this contention, and this court defers to the trial court on questions of credibility.
British Dictionary definitions for defers

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 defers

defer

v.

"to delay," late 14c., differren, deferren, from Old French differer (14c.), from Latin differre "carry apart, scatter, disperse;" also "be different, differ;" also "defer, put off, postpone," (see differ). Etymologically identical with differ; the spelling and pronunciation differentiated from 15c., perhaps partly by association of this word with delay.

"yield," mid-15c., from Middle French déférer (14c.) "to yield, comply," from Latin deferre "carry away, transfer, grant," from de- "down, away" (see de-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Main modern sense is from meaning "refer (a matter) to someone," which also was in Latin.

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