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British English: /dɪˈleɪ/
American English: /dəˈleɪ/

Translation of delay in French:


  • 1 (of train, plane, post)
    retard (m) (of de) (to, on sur)
    (in traffic) ralentissement (m) (of de)
    delay in taking off
    retard au décollage
    we apologize for the delay
    nous vous prions de nous excuser pour ce retard
  • 2 (slowness) without (further) delay
    sans (plus) tarder
    to apologize for one's delay in replying
    s'excuser d'avoir tardé à répondre
    the government's inexcusable delay in publishing the report
    le retard inexcusable du gouvernement à publier le rapport
    there's no time for delay
  • 3 (time lapse)
    délai (m) (of de)
    (between entre)
    a few minutes' delay
    un délai de quelques minutes

transitive verb

  • 1 (postpone, put off)
    différer (decision, publication, departure) (until, to jusqu'à)
    to delay doing
    attendre pour faire
  • 2 (hold up)
    retarder (train, arrival, post, change, process)
    ralentir (traffic)
    bad weather delayed us, we were delayed by bad weather
    le mauvais temps nous a retardés
    flights were delayed by up to 12 hours
    les vols ont eu jusqu'à 12 heures de retard

intransitive verb

  • s'attarder
    don't delay!
    fais vite!

also: delayed past participle adjective

  • (flight, train)
    qui a été retardé
    en retard
    to have a delayed reaction
    réagir après coup (to à)
    to have a delayed effect
    agir après un certain délai

also: delaying present participle adjective

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