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 postponable (audio) \ adjective
postponement \ (ˌ)pōs(t)-​ˈpōn-​mənt How to pronounce postponement (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 The coronavirus crisis led Democrats to postpone its convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from mid-July to August. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Trump threatens to move Republican National Convention out of North Carolina," 25 May 2020 The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed to August but IndyStar is still celebrating the Greatest Spectacle in Racing this Memorial Day weekend. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Pit Pass Live: Roger Penske, A.J. Foyt and more on the 2020 Indy 500," 24 May 2020 The capital, which has reported no new infections for 30 days, is preparing for the annual session of the National People’s Congress, a major gathering that had been postponed for more than two months., "New lockdown introduced as virus resurges in China," 17 May 2020 By now, resort wear would be up and down our social media timelines along with vacation photos and bikini flicks, but due to Covid-19 most of everyone’s summer plans have been postponed. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives During Quarantine This Week," 15 May 2020 The Babylon, New York, couple had to postpone their wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic, but still wanted to do something positive that day. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: May 7, 2020," 7 May 2020 Polish media have also reported about a shady scheme to prop up the current president: If all of the opposition candidates withdrew from the election, the vote would have to be postponed. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Poland’s election is days away—and it’s already in complete disarray," 30 Apr. 2020 Public activities at the Nürburgring have been suspended, with forthcoming events either cancelled or postponed. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "How Automakers Continue Nürburgring Testing through COVID-19 Lockdown," 30 Apr. 2020 The network, currently the DIY network, was supposed to officially switch over to Magnolia TV in October 2020, but was postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Give Their Best Friends Their Own Show on Magnolia TV," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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29 May 2020

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“Postpone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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
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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