defer to

phrasal verb

Definition of defer to 

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 defer 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.

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