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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈfɜːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /dɪˈfɝd/
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  1. simple past and past participle of defer


deferred (comparative more deferred, superlative most deferred)

  1. Delayed; put off till later.
    Synonyms: delayed, postponed
    requested a deferred payment
    • 2024 January 10, 'Industry Insider', “Success built on liberalisation and market freedom”, in RAIL, number 1000, page 69:
      In retrospect, it was small wonder that Railtrack found its finances under pressure, as with ever increasing demand there was an inevitable effect on infrastructure renewals. Matters came to a head with the Hatfield accident on October 17 2000, when there was a high-speed derailment as a result of deferred track maintenance.
  2. Yielded to someone else's decision or judgment.
    The decision was deferred to the regional manager
  3. (accounting) Whose value is not realized until a future date: e.g. annuities, charges, taxes, and income, either as an asset or liability.



deferred (plural deferreds)

  1. (programming) Synonym of promise (object representing delayed result)
  2. (finance) A deferred bond.
    • 2005, Robert Dubil, An Arbitrage Guide to Financial Markets, page 88:
      Only some Eurobonds are Euro straights with normal fixed coupons: many have innovative coupon structures, like zeros, deferreds, or step-ups; many are dual-currency (coupon and principal currencies are not the same); []