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noun de·lay \di-ˈlā, dē-\

Definition of delay

  1. 1a :  the act of postponing, hindering, or causing something to occur more slowly than normal :  the state of being delayed get started without delayb :  an instance of being delayed apologized for the delay a rain delay

  2. 2 :  the time during which something is delayed waited out a delay of 30 minutes

Examples of delay in a sentence

  1. Do you know what's causing the delay?

  2. a number of flight delays

  3. After months of delay, construction on the new school began.

  4. Airline travelers are experiencing delays of up to three hours.

Origin and Etymology of delay

see 2delay


First Known Use: 13th century


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delay

verb de·lay

Definition of delay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  put off, postpone delay a departure They're delaying marriage or, increasingly, not getting married at all … — Irin Carmon

  3. 2 :  to stop, detain, or hinder for a time the mails were delayed by heavy snows … issued executive orders delaying the release of records from Ronald Reagan's administration … — Editor & Publisher

  4. 3 :  to cause to be slower or to occur more slowly than normal delay a child's development … a drug that not only can extend life by delaying the onset of aging-related diseases … — Bill Gifford

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to move or act slowly This offer ends soon, so don't delay. delayed in responding to my message; also :  to cause delay

delayer

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Examples of delay in a sentence

  1. The doctor wants to delay surgery for a few weeks.

  2. She's planning to delay her retirement.

  3. He delayed too long, and now it's too late.

  4. Don't delay! Sale ends Saturday.

  5. Production problems delayed the introduction of the new model by several months.

Origin and Etymology of delay

Middle English, from Anglo-French delaier, from de- + laier to leave, from lai-, present and future stem of lesser, laisser to leave, from Latin laxare to slacken, from laxus loose — more at slack


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of delay

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival. bad weather delayed our arrival retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping. language barriers retarded their progress slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention medication slowed the patient's heart rate, slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort. on hot days runners slacken their pace detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time. unexpected business had detained her

delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off of something (such as a beginning or departure). we cannot delay any longer procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy. procrastinates about making decisions lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others. lagging behind in technology loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time. loitered at several store windows children dawdling on their way home from school dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary. stop dallying and get to work

DeLay

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biographical name De·Lay \di-ˈlā\

Definition of DeLay

  1. Thomas (Dale) 1947–     American politician



DELAY Defined for English Language Learners

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delay

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noun de·lay \di-ˈlā, dē-\

Definition of delay for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which something happens later than it should

  • : the amount of time that you must wait for something that is late


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delay

verb de·lay

Definition of delay for English Language Learners

  • : to wait until later to do something : to make something happen later

  • : to make (something or someone) late : to make (something or someone) take longer than expected or planned


DELAY Defined for Kids

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noun de·lay \di-ˈlā\

Definition of delay for Students

  1. 1 :  a putting off of something We began without delay.

  2. 2 :  the time during which something is delayed We will have a delay of 30 minutes.


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verb de·lay

Definition of delay for Students

delayed

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delaying

  1. 1 :  to put off Because of the baseball schedule, Stanley's trial was delayed several months. — Louis Sachar, Holes

  2. 2 :  to stop or prevent for a time Bad weather delayed our flight.

  3. 3 :  to move or act slowly We cannot delay any longer.



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