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
Recent Examples on the Web The opening of the crossing, planned by Iraq and Syria, had been postponed several times in recent weeks. Washington Post, "The Latest: Report: Strikes on Iran-backed fighters in Syria," 18 Sep. 2019 The meeting had been postponed from Monday to Friday evening to accommodate the crowd., "Even so, the board is scheduled for a vote on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. Monday. It’s the only item on the agenda.," 14 Sep. 2019 But, a warm start to September – following a warm August – has postponed some of the mountains’ first snows a bit deeper into September this year. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s first snow of the season for highest peaks expected Wednesday night," 10 Sep. 2019 After ushering in his debut album and welcoming a new baby, daughter Marli, Chance the Rapper has postponed his upcoming arena tour to spend more time with his family. Jessi Roti,, "Chance the Rapper postpones tour to spend time with family," 8 Sep. 2019 While the agency was supposed to issue a final standard in 2014 according to the deadline set by Congress, NHTSA has repeatedly postponed the test requirement. Daniela Porat, ProPublica, "The Car Seat Industry Helped Delay a Child Safety Regulation — Again," 20 Aug. 2019 The Designated Survivor actor is currently promoting his new album Reckless & Me on a two-month European tour Kiefer Sutherland has postponed the last three shows of his European tour after suffering serious injuries to his ribs. Joelle Goldstein,, "Kiefer Sutherland 'Seriously Injured' After Slipping on the Steps of a Bus in Europe," 16 Aug. 2019 The Portland Streetcar Scavenger Hunt, which was also scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed., "Portland protests Aug. 17: What you need to know," 15 Aug. 2019 The prison’s marathon, its 12th, had been postponed twice, first because of smoke from wildfires in the area, and then because of a lockdown after the death of two inmates from drug overdoses. New York Times, "Running to Put San Quentin Behind Him," 8 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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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of postpone was in the 15th century

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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
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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