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.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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