de·​ferred | \ di-ˈfərd How to pronounce deferred (audio) \

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

Examples of deferred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The guards had agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement this past May, with the pair agreeing to complete 100 hours of community service, exhibit good behavior and cooperate with an ongoing probe by the Justice Department. al, 1 Jan. 2022 FirstEnergy entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in July. Kathiann M. Kowalski, The Enquirer, 16 Dec. 2021 That study didn't include the expense of updating all of the exhibits, didn't account for full storage costs and underestimated the deferred maintenance costs by at least $20 million, according to the museum. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2021 Few private lenders, if any, deferred interest, and most offered only a three-month suspension on collection. Kristin Collier, Longreads, 1 Dec. 2021 The co-founder of a pioneering Egyptian buy-now, pay-later firm is targeting a market of more than 40 million bankcard holders with a new startup that offers on-the-spot approvals for deferred payments. Tarek El-tablawy,, 15 Oct. 2021 Apart from total debt, one of the most notable adjustments to shareholder value was $100 million in net deferred compensation. David Trainer, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 And the plan creates special rules for some trusts and puts guardrails on the use of deferred compensation, life insurance and annuities. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 28 Oct. 2021 In January, Boeing agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Department of Justice including $2.5 billion in fines and compensation stemming from the 737 Max crashes, including the Lion Air crash in October 2018. Reuters, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Deferred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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