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Meaning of DEFER

Pronunciation:  di'fur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure"
  2. [v]  hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"

DEFER is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: accede, bow, give in, hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, submit, table
 See Also: buckle under, call, call off, cancel, delay, hold, knuckle under, probate, reprieve, reschedule, respite, succumb, suspend, yield



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*fer"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deferred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Deferring}.] [OE. differren, F. diff['e]rer, fr. L. differre
    to delay, bear different ways; dis- + ferre to bear. See
    {Bear} to support, and cf. {Differ}, {Defer} to offer.]
    To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the
    execution of; to delay; to withhold.
          Defer the spoil of the city until night. --Shak.
          God . . . will not long defer To vindicate the glory of
          his name.                                --Milton.
  2. \De*fer"\, v. i.
    To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
          Pius was able to defer and temporize at leisure. --J.
                                                   A. Symonds.
  3. \De*fer"\, v. t. [F. d['e]f['e]rer to pay deference, to
    yield, to bring before a judge, fr. L. deferre to bring down;
    de- + ferre to bear. See {Bear} to support, and cf. {Defer}
    to delay, {Delate}.]
    1. To render or offer. [Obs.]
             Worship deferred to the Virgin.       --Brevint.
    2. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer;
       -- with to.
             Hereupon the commissioners . . . deferred the matter
             to the Earl of Northumberland.        --Bacon.
  4. \De*fer"\, v. i.
    To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the
    opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
          The house, deferring to legal right, acquiesced.
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