verb (used with object)
to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared.
to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder: The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
verb (used without object)
to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.
the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
an instance of being delayed: There were many delays during the train trip.
the period or amount of time during which something is delayed: The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.

1225–75; Middle English delaien (v.), delai(e) (noun) < Old French delaier (v.), delai (noun)

delayable, adjective
delayer, noun
delayingly, adverb
predelay, noun, verb
undelayable, adjective
undelaying, adjective
undelayingly, adverb

1. See defer1. 2. slow, detain. 3. procrastinate, tarry. 4. tarrying, dawdling. 5. deferment, postponement, respite. Unabridged
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delay (dɪˈleɪ)
1.  (tr) to put off to a later time; defer
2.  (tr) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain
3.  (intr) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate
4.  (intr) to linger; dawdle
5.  the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
6.  the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
[C13: from Old French delaier, from des- off + laier, variant of laissier to leave, from Latin laxāre to loosen, from laxus slack, lax]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. delaier, from de- "away, from" + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of L. laissier, from L. laxare "slacken, undo."
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Example sentences
They might delay the inevitable collapse of this house of cards, but it won't
  stop it.
The delay is caused by the extra security features built into the new driving
Note that in some cases, inconclusive data may require additional testing and
  might delay posting of results.
Or there could be a delay in their electronics that they didn't take into
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