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

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 All six Republicans and Democrats Jessica Vealizek, Carissa Casbon, Jennifer Clark, Diane Hewitt, Steve Snarski and Julie Simpson voted to postpone until the Board’s September meeting. Gavin Good, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 Giuliani had been ordered to appear to testify Tuesday before Fulton County's special grand jury investigating Trump's efforts to overturn the election, but on Monday filed an emergency application to postpone his appearance. Graham Kates, CBS News, 9 Aug. 2022 Thomas wrote that a Giuliani attorney then clarified to Willis’s team that he is not cleared for air travel, but Willis still refused to postpone his appearance. Eric Tucker And Kate Brumback,, 8 Aug. 2022 The key is to avoid employers that offer products and services that cautious customers might elect to forgo or postpone. CNN, 29 July 2022 Delays in the bill’s passage recently led Intel officials to postpone a ceremonial ribbon-cutting that had been planned for this month. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 28 July 2022 In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Adams opened up about having to postpone the couple's nuptials in both 2020 and 2021. Adrianna C. Freedman,, 27 July 2022 The board also voted Monday to postpone the start of Uvalde’s upcoming school year from Aug. 15 to Sept. 6 as officials work to tighten campus security in the wake of the May assault. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 At the signal, Thoms pulled so hard the oar broke, forcing officials to postpone the team’s heat. Kim O'connell, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 July 2022 See More

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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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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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