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

Translation of delay in French:


  • 1 (of train, plane, post)
    of de to, on sur
    (in traffic) 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) See examples: 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)
    between entre
    a few minutes' delay
    un délai de quelques minutes

transitive verb

  • 1 (postpone, put off)
    (decision, publication, departure) until, to jusqu'à
    to delay doing
    attendre pour faire
  • 2 (hold up)
    (train, arrival, post, change, process)
    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
    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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