Definition of


  1. (noun, time) time during which some action is awaited
    he ordered a hold in the action
  2. (noun, act) the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
  3. (verb, change) cause to be slowed down or delayed
    she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
  4. (verb, stative) act later than planned, scheduled, or required
  5. (verb, change) stop or halt
  6. (verb, change) slow the growth or development of

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Antonyms of Delay


Origin of the word Delay

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. delaier, from de- "away, from" + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of L. laissier, from L. laxare "slacken, undo." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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