defer

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defer (third-person singular simple present defers, present participle deferring, simple past and past participle deferred)

  1. (transitive) To delay or postpone; especially to postpone induction into military service.
    • Shakespeare
      Defer the spoil of the city until night.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, chapter 3, Frankenstein[1]:
      My departure for Ingolstadt, which had been deferred by these events, was now again determined upon.
  2. (intransitive) to delay, to wait
    • Milton
      God [] will not long defer / To vindicate the glory of his name.
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defer (third-person singular simple present defers, present participle deferring, simple past and past participle deferred)

  1. (law) To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.
    • Francis Bacon
      Hereupon the commissioners [] deferred the matter to the Earl of Northumberland.
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 2
      "Well, I must defer to your judgment. You are captain," he said with marked civility.
  2. to render, to offer
    • Brevint
      worship deferred to the Virgin
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dēfer

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of dēferō