verb post·pone \ (ˌ)pōs(t)-ˈpōn \
Updated on: 8 Mar 2018

Definition of postpone

postponed; postponing
transitive verb
1 : to put off to a later time : defer
2 a : 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


play \(ˌ)pōs(t)-ˈpō-nə-bəl\ adjective


play \(ˌ)pōs(t)-ˈpōn-mənt\ noun



Examples of postpone in a Sentence

  1. The baseball game was postponed until tomorrow because of rain.

  2. we'll have to postpone a decision until we have all the information

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Origin and Etymology of postpone

Latin postponere to place after, postpone, from post- + ponere to place — more at position

Synonym Discussion of postpone

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 under way
stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority.
    • the governor stayed the execution

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


verb post·pone \ pōst-ˈpōn \

Definition of postpone for Students

postponed; postponing
: to put off until a later time


\-mənt\ noun

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.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb post·pone

legal Definition of postpone

postponed; postponing
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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