Simple Definition of postpone
: to decide that something which had been planned for a particular time will be done at a later time instead
Full Definition of postpone
1 : to put off to a later time : defer
2 a : to place later (as in a sentence) than the normal position in English <postpone an adjective> b : to place later in order of precedence, preference, or importance
postponableplay \-ˈpō-nə-bəl\ adjective
postponementplay \-ˈpōn-mənt\ noun
Examples of postpone in a sentence
The baseball game was postponed until tomorrow because of rain.
<we'll have to postpone a decision until we have all the information>
Origin and Etymology of postpone
Latin postponere to place after, postpone, from post- + ponere to place — more at position
First Known Use: circa 1520
Synonym Discussion of postpone
POSTPONE Defined for Kids
Definition of postpone for Students
: to put off until a later time
Word Root of postpone
The Latin word ponere, meaning “to place” or “to put,” and its form positus give us the roots pon and pos. Words from the Latin ponere have something to do with putting. A position is the location or way in which something has been placed. To expose is to put out in the open. To postpone is to put off until a later time. Posture is the way a body has been placed.
Legal Definition of postpone
1 : to put off to a later time
2 : to place later in precedence, preference, or importance; specifically : to subordinate (a lien) to a later lien
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