- 1Make (someone or something) late or slow: the train was delayedMore example sentences
- I wonder if there's another clause fining you if your train delays other people's trains.
- First, relevant personnel were delayed by the train chaos and then I understand the equipment broke down.
- This delays plan development, slows the response to changing plans, and increases vulnerability to failure for want of adequate support.
- 1.1 [no object] Be late or slow; loiter: time being of the essence, they delayed no longerMore example sentences
linger, dally, take one's time, drag one's feet, be slow, hold back, lag/fall behind, dawdle, loiter, not keep pace, waste time; procrastinate, stall, play for time, buy time, hang fire, mark time, temporize, hesitate, dither, shilly-shally; stonewall, filibuster• informal dilly-dally, let the grass grow under one's feet• archaic or • literary tarry
- For example, when we are trying to go somewhere I sometimes feel that Simon is dawdling and delaying.
- He's a liar, he's a prevaricator, he delays: I hold no brief for him as an individual or for his policies.
- But the longer he delays, the greater the risk that the project turns out to be a flop.
- 1.2Postpone or defer (an action): he may decide to delay the next cut in interest ratesMore example sentences
- Most governors and legislatures would rather make budget cuts or delay some of their tax cuts for now.
- Her ankle would take a while to heal so we decided to press, there was no point in delaying any longer than we had to.
- The Faculty of the University recommended him for a chair of theoretical physics but the Department of Educational Affairs decided to delay confirming the post.
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- 1A period of time by which something is late or postponed: a two-hour delay long delays in obtaining passportsMore example sentences
- Bank transfers are prone to delays in the Christmas period as officials all over the world take a few days off.
- With continuing delays in constructing the new parliament building, Ministers will be forced to look for alternative accommodation.
- He is anxious that the Minister would resolves all issues surrounding the delays in payment before he leaves office.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The action of delaying or being delayed: I set off without delayMore example sentences
- Yet all we are hearing here, in her fourth year as Minister, is all this delay and dilly-dallying and shilly-shallying.
- Any sensible Englishman does the same, knowing that the English weather most often delivers up summer in short bursts, to be enjoyed without delay or hesitation.
- ‘It is time the Government ended the dither and delay,’ he said.
- 1.2 Electronics The time interval between the propagation of an electrical signal and its reception.More example sentences
- Finally, the average period of the oscillator is related to the average signal propagation delay through the test circuit.
- Then in design, you'll have to handle delays in signal propagation, circuit shape starts playing a strong role in design.
- The modified write inhibit threshold essentially facilitates an acceptable delay in activating a write inhibit signal.
- 1.3An electronic device which introduces a delay, especially in an audio signal.More example sentences
- The programmable delay cells provide that propagation delays can be set to perform timing margin tests.
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- My generation of marriage delayers drifted into this period without any real understanding of its value or meaning.
- This was by necessity a long term strategy and gave rise to the term, Fabian tactic as well as earning Maximus the name Cunctator - the delayer.
- Among those men, 53% said they were not interested in getting married anytime soon - the marriage delayers.
Middle English: from Old French delayer (verb).