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
A vote was postponed last month also due to limited support.
Councilwomen Katheryn Shields and Jolie Justus, who represent the Westport area, are intending to introduce an ordinance that would postpone further redevelopment decisions for Westport until after the study is completed.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 11, but that is expected to be postponed when attorneys on both sides of the case meet Wednesday before San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Smyth.
Senate Republicans have been divided over the current proposal, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, postponed a vote on the measure until after Congress' weeklong July 4 recess.
An emergency hearing over Cook County's sweetened beverage tax — scheduled to go into effect Saturday — has been postponed until Thursday afternoon.
A day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) abruptly postponed a vote on the bill until after next week’s July 4 recess, GOP senators sought agreement on a series of thorny issues, with little evidence of quick progress.
A rocket launch scheduled for the NASA site on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has been postponed 10 times this month, hinting at the hazards and hardships involved in rocket science.
Lyons postponed a May 11 court date and has twice rescheduled subsequent court appearances.
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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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