Definition of


  1. (verb, stative) hold back to a later time
  2. (verb, communication) yield to another's wish or opinion

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Alternate forms of Defer

Derivations: deference, deferent, deferment, deferral

Hyponyms: call, hold, probate, reprieve, respite, suspend

Hypernyms: buckle under, delay, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield

Origin of the word Defer

  1. "delay," late 14c., from O.Fr. differer, from L. differre "set apart, put off, delay," also "be different, differ," from dis- "apart" + ferre "carry" (see infer). Etymologically identical with differ; the spelling and pronunciation differentiated from 15c., partly by association of this word with delay. more
  2. "yield," late 15c., from M.Fr. deferer, from L. deferre "carry away, transfer, grant;" modern sense is from meaning "refer (a matter) to someone," from de- "down, away" + ferre "carry" (see infer). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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