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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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 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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The UK Labour Party’s chief Brexit adviser says opposition plans to block a ‘‘no-deal’’ Brexit would require postponing the country’s departure deadline again so that the withdrawal doesn’t happen on Oct. 31, as currently scheduled., "Deadline placed on loan claims for students defrauded by colleges," 2 Sep. 2019 Fortunately for her fans, the film’s director Lorene Scafaria was able to persuade Lopez to stay with the project by postponing production. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her Pole Dancing Physique in a New Clip of Hustlers," 30 Aug. 2019 Here is a chronological rundown of entertainment events either canceled or postponed as Hurricane Dorian approaches Central Florida. Matthew J. Palm,, "Hurricane Dorian: Event cancellations and postponements," 30 Aug. 2019 Fitch Ratings slashed WeWork’s credit rating this month in part because higher expenses may postpone the company’s transition to producing cash rather than consuming it. Peter Eavis, New York Times, "WeWork Is Going Public. Are Its Numbers Too Private?," 29 Aug. 2019 The record-breaking rapper, singer and actress rings fall in by headlining the 92Q End of Summer Jam—the substitute for the radio station’s postponed Spring Fling. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The first week of Alabama’s 2019 high school football season ended Saturday night, including several games postponed because of lightning from Friday. Josh Bean |, al, "See all of Saturday’s Alabama HS football scores," 25 Aug. 2019 However, a federal judge recently found that the FDA failed its legal duty by postponing this deadline and thereby not enforcing a federal law that requires e-cigarettes to go through a regulatory review. Catherine Ho,, "Juul-funded group takes legal action against SF over ballot measure," 23 Aug. 2019 The fiasco has already led the planemaker to postpone plans to develop a new twin-aisle plane to replace the ageing 757. The Economist, "Boeing’s troubles cost the aerospace industry $4bn a quarter," 22 Aug. 2019

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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 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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