Definitions for: Defer


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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.


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.
--Bancroft.

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

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