defer to

Definition of defer to

  1. 1 :  to allow (someone else) to decide or choose something You have more experience with this, so I'm going to defer to you. deferring to the experts

  2. 2defer to (something) :  to agree to follow (someone else's decision, a tradition, etc.) The court defers to precedent in cases like these. He deferred to his parents' wishes.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  put off, delay

    :  to postpone induction of (a person) into military service

  1. :  to delegate to another

    :  to submit to another's wishes, opinion, or governance usually through deference or respect

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to criticize severely

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