Definition of delay in English:

delay

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈleɪ
 
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verb

[with object]
1Make (someone or something) late or slow: the train was delayed
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [no object] Be late or slow; loiter: time being of the essence, they delayed no longer
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  • 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.
Synonyms
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;
informal dilly-dally, let the grass grow under one's feet
archaic or literary tarry
1.2Postpone or defer (an action): he may decide to delay the next cut in interest rates
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  • 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.
Synonyms
North American put over, table, lay on the table;
North American Law continue
informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage
rare remit, respite

noun

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1A period of time by which something is late or postponed: a two-hour delay long delays in obtaining passports
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  • 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.
Synonyms
hold-up, wait, waiting period, detainment;
hindrance, impediment, obstruction, setback;
interval, gap, interlude
North American Law continuation
rare put-off
1.1 [mass noun] The action of delaying or being delayed: I set off without delay
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.2 Electronics The time interval between the propagation of an electrical signal and its reception.
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  • 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.
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  • The programmable delay cells provide that propagation delays can be set to perform timing margin tests.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French delayer (verb).

Derivatives

delayer

noun
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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.

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