Definition of deferred 

1 : withheld for or until a stated time a deferred payment

2 : charged in cases of delayed handling telegraphs sent at deferred rates

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Hundreds of Boston Marathon entrants were unable to make the trip and were granted the option of deferred entry into the 2011 Boston Marathon Matt Rocheleau can be reached at Matt Rocheleau,, "Is this the worst weather ever at the Boston Marathon?," 16 Apr. 2018 Pfizer said the deferred price increases will still take effect by Jan. 1 or earlier if Mr. Trump implements his plan to reform prescription drug prices. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Drug Supply Chain Feels the Trump Effect," 11 July 2018 This wasn’t a textbook case of deferred gratification, of sacrificing the present for some potential future gain. David Murphy,, "Sixers smart to make NBA draft trade, build portfolio in more than one way | David Murphy," 21 June 2018 The trust, a nonprofit organization, is already offering a deferred loan down payment program for some buyers in Santa Clara County, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Kathleen Pender,, "Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery," 5 July 2018 Built in 1945 within Guadalupe Mountains National Park, this early Modernist house has suffered from deferred maintenance and is not currently open to the public. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "National Trust’s List of 11 Most Endangered Places includes Route 66, Mount Vernon," 26 June 2018 According to USA Today, the tax returns indicate Emmert's salary increased by just more than $615,000 from the year before while his retirement and other deferred payments dropped by $200,000. Khadrice Rollins,, "Marl Emmert's Total Compensation in 2016 Jumped Up Nearly $500,000 to More Than $2.4 Million," 22 June 2018 The hearing to determine if Zweigler will receive a deferred prosecution will be March 29. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cub Scouts in Hales Corners had financial problems before learning their treasurer had ripped them off," 14 Feb. 2018 During most of that time the interest rate on the deferred taxes was 8 percent. Sean P. Murphy,, "An inheritance damaged by delayed taxes," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of deferred

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deferred

from past participle of defer entry 1

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de·ferred | \di-ˈfərd\

Legal Definition of deferred 

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

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