postpone

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin postpōnō (I put after; I postpone) from post (after) + pōnō (I put; I place), compare forestall.

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postpone (third-person singular simple present postpones, present participle postponing, simple past and past participle postponed)

  1. To delay or put off an event, appointment etc.
    Synonyms: defer, delay, forestay, procrastinate, put off, put on ice, stay, suspend, posticipate
    Antonyms: advance, hasten, prepone (India), antedate, bring forward, expedite
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. Oh, dear, there's so much to tell you, so many warnings to give you, but all that must be postponed for the moment.”
    • 2020 December 2, Industry Insider, “The costs on cutting carbon”, in Rail, page 76:
      Significant rail projects have been mothballed before in the face of changed circumstances - in particular, the LNER Woodhead project which was postponed due to wartime conditions and not revived until 1948, as money became available after nationalisation.


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Latin[edit]

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postpōne

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of postpōnō

Spanish[edit]

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postpone

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of postponer.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of postponer.