de·​ferred di-ˈfərd How to pronounce deferred (audio)
: withheld for or until a stated time
a deferred payment
: charged in cases of delayed handling
telegraphs sent at deferred rates

Examples of deferred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upgrades to the electric grid will also be needed as the city transitions toward clean energy, with a particular focus on addressing past deferred maintenance and ensuring reliable distribution across all communities. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 The unspent funds are insufficient to complete the expansion because of deferred maintenance that Tropical Storm Hilary worsened. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 Hoogeveen said the company made similar requests for deferred accounts in the other states. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2023 There are two main types of income annuities: immediate and deferred income annuities. Mike Vietri, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The company still has a deferred rent balance of $74.2 million as of the end of the third quarter, Goodman said, but AMC plans to reduce it by another $20 million by year’s end. Bysydney Lake, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 City staff had reported that the facility would repeatedly lose about 7,000 gallons of water per day because of deferred maintenance. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2023 Little has made 11 straight field goals for Arkansas. 15:00, 1Q - Arkansas 0, MSU 0 The Razorbacks won the coin toss and deferred possession to the second half. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, 21 Oct. 2023 And the bills for years of deferred maintenance on the unglamorous machinery of state government are coming due, said Seth DiStefano, the policy outreach director at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, a nonprofit. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


from past participle of defer entry 1

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deferred was in 1651

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“Deferred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


: withheld or delayed for or until a stated time
a deferred payment
deferred prosecution
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