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- (transitive) To delay or postpone; especially to postpone induction into military service.
- Defer the spoil of the city until night.
1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 3, Frankenstein:
- My departure for Ingolstadt, which had been deferred by these events, was now again determined upon.
- (intransitive) to delay, to wait
- God […] will not long defer / To vindicate the glory of his name.
- (law) To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.
- to render, to offer
- worship deferred to the Virgin
to submit to the opinion or desire of another
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- second-person singular present active imperative of dēferō