Definition of postpone
1 : to put off to a later time : defer
2a : to place later (as in a sentence) than the normal position in English postpone an adjectiveb : to place later in order of precedence, preference, or importance
postponableplay \-ˈpō-nə-bəl\ adjective
postponementplay \-ˈpōn-mənt\ noun
Examples of postpone in a Sentence
The baseball game was postponed until tomorrow because of rain.
we'll have to postpone a decision until we have all the information
Recent Examples of postpone from the Web
If a single game is postponed, it gets pushed into the next day, and pitching disparities tend to ensue.
The Birmingham Water Works Board is set to hold a special meeting Monday to consider postponing cutting off delinquent customers until July 1.
A huge storm swept through Grand Prairie, Texas, and the game was postponed.
Navarro last week postponed until July 10 a retrial that had been set to start June 26 for four defendants whose two-month trial ended in April with a hung jury.
The Fed also wants to avoid deflation, or price declines, because as things become cheaper each day, consumers and businesses postpone buying and economic activity shrinks more.
If, however, the court appears minded to condemn them both as June 6 approaches, the president will try to have the judgement postponed, the aide said.
With the two sides unable to come to terms on a land swap, construction of the addition was postponed one year, and the district began looking at building the addition to the east as an alternative.
But before that happens, the Virginia attorney general could appeal Jackson’s ruling, which would postpone any resentencing hearings.
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Origin and Etymology of postpone
Latin postponere to place after, postpone, from post- + ponere to place — more at position
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of postpone
POSTPONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of postpone for English Language Learners
: to decide that something which had been planned for a particular time will be done at a later time instead
POSTPONE Defined for Kids
Definition of postpone for Students
: to put off until a later time
Word Root of postpone
The Latin word ponere, meaning “to place” or “to put,” and its form positus give us the roots pon and pos. Words from the Latin ponere have something to do with putting. A position is the location or way in which something has been placed. To expose is to put out in the open. To postpone is to put off until a later time. Posture is the way a body has been placed.
Legal Definition of postpone
1 : to put off to a later time
2 : to place later in precedence, preference, or importance; specifically : to subordinate (a lien) to a later lien
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