defer to

phrasal verb

deferred to; deferring to; defers to
: 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
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.

Examples of defer to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coalition co-chair Omar Flores expressed optimism that Ludwig would find in the group’s favor, despite Ludwig’s comment in the hearing that his review of past court cases seemed to indicate judges often defer to security professionals in circumstances like these. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2024 Forty years ago, when the Reagan White House was pulling down a regulatory edifice that industry resented, the Supreme Court was happy to have judges defer to the agencies participating in that project, including Anne Gorsuch’s EPA. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2024 The most consequential ruling came Friday when the conservative majority reversed a 40-year-old legal precedent, known as the Chevron doctrine, which required judges to defer to reasonable agency interpretations of ambiguous federal laws. David Ovalle, Washington Post, 2 July 2024 The precedent, Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the most cited in American law, requires courts to defer to agencies’ reasonable interpretations of ambiguous statutes. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for defer to 

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“Defer to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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