post·​pone | \ (ˌ)pōs(t)-ˈpōn How to pronounce postpone (audio) \
postponed; postponing

Definition of postpone

transitive verb

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 adjective
b : to place later in order of precedence, preference, or importance

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Other Words from postpone

postponable \ (ˌ)pōs(t)-​ˈpō-​nə-​bəl How to pronounce postpone (audio) \ adjective
postponement \ (ˌ)pōs(t)-​ˈpōn-​mənt How to pronounce postpone (audio) \ noun
postponer noun

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defer, postpone, suspend, stay mean to delay an action or proceeding. defer implies a deliberate putting off to a later time. deferred buying a car until spring postpone implies an intentional deferring usually to a definite time. the game is postponed until Saturday suspend implies temporary stoppage with an added suggestion of waiting until some condition is satisfied. business will be suspended while repairs are underway stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority. the governor stayed the execution

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 on the Web Evers also tried to delay the spring 2020 election early in the pandemic, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with Republicans and refused to postpone it. Scott Bauer, ajc, 6 June 2021 Evers also tried to delay the spring 2020 election early in the pandemic, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with Republicans and refused to postpone it. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 The 85-year-old heir to Arafat had pledged presidential and parliamentary elections this year for the first time since 2006, only to indefinitely postpone them in April. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 The band originally scheduled the run for summer 2020, but were forced to postpone it because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2021 Please do me a favor and don’t postpone it till the weekend. Jeff Maysh, The New Yorker, 18 May 2021 Some finance board members warned there are already too many public works and education projects in the pipeline now, and funding Meadowood would postpone them. Don Stacom,, 16 Apr. 2021 If there is no clear reason for a meeting, postpone it. Dianna Chane, Forbes, 2 June 2021 This also forced it to postpone the November 2023 release by one week, from November 3rd to November 10th. Chris Smith, BGR, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of postpone

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postpone

Latin postponere to place after, postpone, from post- + ponere to place — more at position

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The first known use of postpone was in the 15th century

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17 Jun 2021

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“Postpone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of postpone

: to decide that something which had been planned for a particular time will be done at a later time instead


post·​pone | \ pōst-ˈpōn How to pronounce postpone (audio) \
postponed; postponing

Kids Definition of postpone

: to put off until a later time

Other Words from postpone

postponement \ -​mənt \ noun


transitive verb
postponed; postponing

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

Other Words from postpone

postponable adjective
postponement noun


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