- (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, in Frankenstein:
- My departure for Ingolstadt, which had been deferred by these events, was now again determined upon.
- (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).
- (intransitive) To delay, to wait.
- God […] will not long defer / To vindicate the glory of his name.
(transitive) to delay
(intransitive) to delay
- (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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