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delay

[dih-ley] /dɪˈleɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put off to a later time; defer; postpone:
The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared.
2.
to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder:
The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
verb (used without object)
3.
to put off action; linger; loiter:
He delayed until it was too late.
noun
4.
the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
5.
an instance of being delayed:
There were many delays during the train trip.
6.
the period or amount of time during which something is delayed:
The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English delaien (v.), delai(e) (noun) < Old French delaier (v.), delai (noun)
Related forms
delayable, adjective
delayer, noun
delayingly, adverb
predelay, noun, verb
undelayable, adjective
undelaying, adjective
undelayingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See defer1 . 2. slow, detain. 3. procrastinate, tarry. 4. tarrying, dawdling. 5. deferment, postponement, respite.
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  • By delaying conception by a few years, it's hoped that mares will be in better shape to produce healthier foals.
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  • But he antagonized the city by delaying tax payments, causing city workers to go unpaid for months.
  • Weather is a significant factor for delaying shuttle launches.
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  • And because these are economists, they are quick to tell their students about the opportunity costs of delaying a degree.
  • Teach students the importance of delaying gratification.
British Dictionary definitions for delaying

delay

/dɪˈleɪ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to put off to a later time; defer
2.
(transitive) to slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain
3.
(intransitive) to be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate
4.
(intransitive) to linger; dawdle
noun
5.
the act or an instance of delaying or being delayed
6.
the interval between one event and another; lull; interlude
Derived Forms
delayer, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for delaying

delay

v.

c.1300, from Old French delaiier, from de- "away, from" (see de-) + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of Old French laissier, from Latin laxare "slacken, undo" (see lax). Related: Delayed; delaying.

n.

mid-13c., from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for delaying

delay

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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