Definition of Delay

1. Noun. Time during which some action is awaited. "He ordered a hold in the action"

Exact synonyms: Hold, Postponement, Time Lag, Wait
Generic synonyms: Break, Intermission, Interruption, Pause, Suspension
Specialized synonyms: Extension, Moratorium, Retardation
Derivative terms: Hold, Hold, Wait

2. Verb. Cause to be slowed down or delayed. "She delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
Exact synonyms: Detain, Hold Up
Generic synonyms: Decelerate, Retard, Slow, Slow Down, Slow Up
Specialized synonyms: Stonewall, Catch, Stall, Buy Time
Antonyms: Rush
Derivative terms: Holdup

3. Noun. The act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time.

4. Verb. Act later than planned, scheduled, or required. "They delay a long time"; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

5. Verb. Stop or halt. "Please stay the bloodshed!"
Exact synonyms: Detain, Stay
Generic synonyms: Check, Retard
Derivative terms: Stay

6. Verb. Slow the growth or development of. "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
Exact synonyms: Check, Retard
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Specialized synonyms: Dampen, Detain, Stay
Derivative terms: Retard, Retardation

Definition of Delay

1. n. A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.

2. v. t. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.

3. v. i. To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.

Definition of Delay

1. Noun. previously unexpected period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying. ¹

2. Verb. To put off until a later time; to distract. ¹

3. Verb. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time. ¹

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Definition of Delay

1. to put off to a later time [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Delay

delative case
delative cases
delay (current term)
delay differential equation
delay differential equations
delay line
delayed-action preparations
delayed action
delayed allergy
delayed coma after hypoxia
delayed conduction
delayed dentition
delayed eruption
delayed flap

Literary usage of Delay

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, John Bagnell Bury (1897)
"By the delay of their baptism, they could venture freely to indulge their passions in the enjoyments of this world, while they still retained in their own ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1920)
"After many delay« due to difficulty in getting tke manuscript and to tke printing strike, "tke most important book of tke » •war ..."

3. Educational Psychology by Edward Lee Thorndike (1913)
"THE PHYSIOLOGY OF delay AND TRANSITORINESS IN ORIGINAL TENDENCIES The physiological basis of the delay of certain original tendencies till various periods ..."

4. Handbook of Jurisdiction and Procedure in United States Courts by Robert Morton Hughes (1913)
"These acts, as specified in the third section of the act, may be enumerated as follows: (a) Transfers to hinder, delay, and defraud creditors. ..."

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