postpone

verb
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

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But the fee was postponed following a last-minute legal challenge by taxi drivers and owners of medallions, the license to pick up street hails in Manhattan. ... Paul Berger, WSJ, "Judge Allows Manhattan Congestion Charge on Taxi Rides to Start," 31 Jan. 2019 The expansion plans, under discussion since 2012, were postponed last winter after because continued state cuts to municipal aid made town leaders cautious about assuming any new debt. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Southington Hires New Library Director From Coventry," 3 July 2018 Her arrangement was postponed to Monday, while Leiva, who is being treated for a laceration in his upper chest, will be arraigned after he is medically cleared, according to the Los Angeles Times. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Mother of 10-Year-Old Who Came Out as Gay Weeks Before Death Charged with His Murder and Torture," 30 June 2018 Then in March, the launch was postponed from 2019 to 2020. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "More delay, cost for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope," 28 June 2018 The latest developments forced Thursday's scheduled committee confirmation vote to be postponed. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Supreme showdown set for Kavanaugh, accuser; DOJ asked to probe John Kerry's 'shadow diplomacy'," 18 Sep. 2018 But some of the fees are extremely high, and some of the immigrants have been forced to postpone their applications. Daniel Shoer Roth, miamiherald, "No cash? No problem. It just got easier for immigrants to pay for their applications," 6 July 2018 Blink-182 have been forced to postpone another set of shows in their Las Vegas residency due to ongoing health issues impacting drummer Travis Barker. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Blink-182 Postpone More Las Vegas Residency Dates Due to Travis Barker's Ongoing Health Issues," 21 June 2018 But the group was forced to postpone the event after Ganim fell short of qualifying for the primary during the state Democratic convention this month, and because of the conditions set by Lamont’s campaign. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Joe Ganim Says Ned Lamont Stalling On Governor's Race Debates," 30 May 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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postpone

verb

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

postpone

verb
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

postpone

transitive verb
post·​pone
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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