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postpone

[pohst-pohn, pohs-] /poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs-/
verb (used with object), postponed, postponing.
1.
to put off to a later time; defer:
He has postponed his departure until tomorrow.
2.
to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate:
to postpone private ambitions to the public welfare.
Origin of postpone
1490-1500
1490-1500; < Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside, equivalent to post- post- + pōnere to put
Related forms
postponable, adjective
postponement, noun
postponer, noun
nonpostponable, adjective
nonpostponement, noun
repostpone, verb (used with object), repostponed, repostponing.
self-postponement, noun
unpostponable, adjective
unpostponed, adjective
well-postponed, adjective
Synonyms
1. See defer1 .
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Examples from the web for postponed
  • The reward arrives immediately while sometimes it seems the bill can be indefinitely postponed.
  • Bad weather had twice postponed the event this week.
  • Wu postponed ruling on the motion, saying he needed more time to consider it.
  • It has been highly amusing to watch the date of their release repeatedly postponed for the last eight months.
  • Later in the month, the trip was postponed without explanation.
  • In case the alignment is not right, the cycle gets advanced or postponed till the right alignment.
  • Two days before getting on a plane, the area was blanketed with snow and the race was postponed one week.
  • If he is medically unfit, the trial should be postponed.
  • The quiet future that electric cars could usher in, though, may have to be postponed.
  • As with bad weather, disasters cause some output to be postponed rather than lost.
British Dictionary definitions for postponed

postpone

/pəʊstˈpəʊn; pəˈspəʊn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to put off or delay until a future time
2.
to put behind in order of importance; defer
Derived Forms
postponable, adjective
postponement, noun
postponer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place
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Word Origin and History for postponed

postpone

v.

c.1500, from Latin postponere "put after; esteem less; neglect; postpone," from post "after" (see post-) + ponere "put, place" (see position (n.)). Related: Postponed; postponing.

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