defer

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  • IPA(key): /dɪˈfɜː(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)
  • Hyphenation: de‧fer

Etymology 1[edit]

Originally a variant of (and hence a doublet of) differ; from Middle English differren (to postpone), from Old French differer, from Latin differō.

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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.
  2. (American football) After winning the opening coin toss, to postpone until the start of the second half a team's choice of whether to kick off or receive (and to allow the opposing team to make this choice at the start of the first half).
  3. (intransitive) To delay, to wait.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From late Middle English differren (to refer for judgement), from Middle French déférer, from Latin dēferō.

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (law, intransitive) To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.
  2. To render, to offer.
    • (Can we date this quote by Brevint and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      worship deferred to the Virgin
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dēfer

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of dēferō