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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfəː
 
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verb (defers, deferring, deferred)

[with object]
1Put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone: they deferred the decision until February
More example sentences
  • The Government decision to defer the programme is to be hailed.
  • He said the national executive agreed to defer the election to October 2, two weeks later than the original date of September 18.
  • It was decided at that meeting to defer the Reunion until 2005.
Synonyms
shelve, suspend, stay, hold in abeyance, prorogue, pigeonhole, mothball;
North American put over, table, lay on the 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
1.1 Law (Of a judge) postpone (a sentence) so that the circumstances or conduct of the defendant can be further assessed: the judge deferred sentence until 5 April for background reports
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  • Sentence was deferred for reports until June 5 and they were remanded in custody.
  • Sentence was deferred for six months until February 11.
  • Sentence was deferred until January 14, 2004, to allow him to attend the care and respect programme.
1.2US historical Postpone the conscription of (someone): he was no longer deferred from the draft
More example sentences
  • Leslie started his National Service on November 17, 1960, after deferring his conscription in order to complete his apprenticeship as a printer.

Origin

late Middle English (also in the sense 'put on one side'): from Old French differer 'defer or differ', from Latin differre, from dis- 'apart' + ferre 'bring, carry'. Compare with defer2 and differ.

Derivatives

deferrable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • This might lead to categories such as ‘continuous’, ‘near-continuous’, ‘reliable’ and ‘deferrable’, with qualifications for each based on how long it would take to recover lost data.
  • The taxation service allows the proceeds of the sale of the lot to be considered part of the involuntary conversion and deferrable if they met certain conditions.
  • Reports of transactions and loans with an aggregate value less than $10,000 would be deferrable.

deferral

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noun
Example sentences
  • More damaging than the strategic deferral of choice, Phillips suggests, is the romance of conviction - the assumption that we are free to be single-minded.
  • I tried to figure out why I was so peeved by my deferral.
  • All manufacturers are suffering deferrals, cancellations and production cuts.

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defer2

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈfəː
 
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verb (defers, deferring, deferred)

[no object] (defer to)
Submit to or acknowledge the merit of: he deferred to Tim’s superior knowledge
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  • But I'm sure there are many people like me who would defer to scientific facts that are duly recorded and widely acknowledged.
  • We don't defer to power structures and we don't acknowledge them.
  • I wouldn't agree, but actually I defer to Linda Erdreich on that one.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French deferer, from Latin deferre 'carry away, refer (a matter)', from de- 'away from' + ferre 'bring, carry'. Compare with defer1.

Derivatives

deferrer

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noun
Example sentences
  • The prosecutor's office is not allowed to force the deferrer into certain specified treatment methods, e.g. cognitive-behavioral models, programs, or institutions.
  • The third group are the deferrers who gained entry into university, but for a variety of reasons, did not avail themselves at the time.
  • If you're a self-described foot dragger, dawdler, delayer, postponer, deferrer, or are feeling overwhelmed and drained, this course is for you.

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