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 postpone (audio) \ adjective
postponement \ (ˌ)pōs(t)-​ˈpōn-​mənt How to pronounce postpone (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 decision to postpone German’s first public comments in more than a year came hours after a new report Sunday in The Athletic on the incident, in which German allegedly slapped his girlfriend at a charity event for former teammate CC Sabathia. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees postpone German appearance after new details surface of 2019 domestic violence incident," 21 Feb. 2021 The decision to postpone the event was made after consulting with state and local public health officials and tournament owner Larry Ellison. Beth Harris,, "Coronavirus concerns postpone SoCal’s BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament," 29 Dec. 2020 In the face of this devastating new chapter for the movement, Akerele made the difficult decision to postpone the event. Liam Hess, Vogue, "In an Unprecedented Year, the Nigerian Fashion Community Is Holding Strong," 4 Dec. 2020 The deadline for enforcement of that rule has already been postponed a couple of times, currently to Oct. 1, although White has joined with other officials and the travel industry in asking the TSA to postpone it once again. Steve Johnson,, "Real ID and expired license backlog — but mostly COVID-19 — create long lines at driver services facilities. But not all of them.," 15 Apr. 2021 The Twins and Red Sox were preparing for the game to be played, according to Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, before the team, MLB and state and local officials made the joint decision to postpone it. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Twins-Red Sox game postponed in wake of Daunte Wright shooting," 13 Apr. 2021 Schindler said there is now a waitlist for homes due to the impact of the pandemic, which initially forced facilities to postpone admissions. C. M. Schmidlkofer, Washington Examiner, "Pennsylvania DMVA continues recovery from COVID-19 challenges," 8 Apr. 2021 The election was initially scheduled for 2020, but the city council voted to postpone it because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "Here’s what’s included in Irving’s upcoming $563 million bond election," 29 Mar. 2021 The couple who postponed their big wedding — and may have to postpone it again. Washington Post, "Coronavirus: What you need to read," 6 Mar. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Postpone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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


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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