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Line breaks: post|pone
Pronunciation: /pəʊs(t)ˈpəʊn
, pəˈspəʊn

Definition of postpone in English:


[with object]
Cause or arrange for (something) to take place at a time later than that first scheduled: the visit had to be postponed for some time [with present participle]: he postponed implementing the scheme until industry and business were consulted
More example sentences
  • To my surprise she now seemed to believe my problems and was considering postponing my death sentence.
  • Meanwhile the council is planning to postpone the introduction of recycling schemes for flats.
  • Worries about crime led councillors to postpone a decision on a leisure trail on a former railway.
North American put over, table, take a rain check on;
North American Law continue
informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage
rare remit, respite


late 15th century: from Latin postponere, from post 'after' + ponere 'to place'.



Example sentences
  • In addition, there is the Treasury pressure, acute at the moment, to look critically at all avoidable or postponable expenditure (there is a war, of uncertain scope and duration, to be paid for).
  • The Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that 80 per cent of health related conditions in old age are preventable or postponable if corrected in time.
  • Increasingly, the kinds of memory problems that have long been seen as inevitable with age are now thought to be avoidable - or at least postponable.


Example sentences
  • The postponers are those who refuse to make a decision, allowing relationships, professional commitments and finally nature to make the choice for them.
  • This suggests that the postponers intend to work, but somehow get sidetracked.
  • So I say to my fellow postponers - be proud, be productive, be a procrastinator!

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