post·​pone | \(ˌ)pōs(t)-ˈpōn \
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 \ adjective
postponement \(ˌ)pōs(t)-​ˈpōn-​mənt \ 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

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Hofmann postponed v2 indefinitely in May of this year, citing funding and logistic issues, as well as his day job running an immersive entertainment studio called Innerspace VR. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Vine’s successor Byte launches next spring," 8 Nov. 2018 Also on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors postponed action on a proposal to build a private marina on Treasure Island. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Supes eliminate local fees that many people exiting jail were made to pay," 22 May 2018 That effort has stalled in recent months after smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. explored and then postponed plans for a listing in Shanghai. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Chinese Stocks Are Having a Bad Run in the U.S.," 2 Nov. 2018 Prince Charles stepped in to walk Meghan down the aisle at her wedding to Prince Harry this May after her own father was unable to attend, and the couple postponed their honeymoon to celebrate Charles's 70th birthday. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Wedding Present From Prince Charles on the Royal Tour," 23 Oct. 2018 Almost exactly one year ago, Lady Gaga took to Twitter to share that she had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which caused chronic pain and eventually led to her postponing several of her fall 2017 European tour dates. Andrea Park, Allure, "Lady Gaga Opens Up in Vogue Interview About Struggling With Fibromyalgia and PTSD," 12 Sep. 2018 In fact, couples in Hollywood have a history of getting engaged quickly, but then enjoying a nice long engagement, postponing the actual wedding plans indefinitely or, sometimes tying the knot several years later. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "11 of the Longest Celebrity Engagements," 12 Aug. 2018 Multimillion-dollar projects are in danger of being postponed or canceled. Deon Roberts, Jim Morrill And Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "From breweries to the farm, Trump tariff war produces winners and losers in Charlotte," 12 July 2018 The vote to postpone the Boca efforts drew a round of applause from residents. Marci Shatzman,, "Boca Raton wins delay on plan to remove trees near residents' homes," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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