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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The final three games of the series in Texas are scheduled to be played, but Texas GM Jon Daniels said there’s a chance another game will be postponed. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, is found dead," 1 July 2019 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last month that the redesign of the $20 bill to feature Tubman had been postponed until at least 2026. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Rep. Cummings seeks to ensure that delayed Harriet Tubman $20 bill won't be abandoned," 6 June 2019 Originally scheduled for 2018, the effort was postponed for a year because of a snag in government pesticide permits, organizers say. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 Dozier, whose execution also was postponed in November amid concerns about the drugs being used and who has attempted suicide in the past, was disappointed, Ericsson said. Ken Ritter And Michelle L. Price, Time, "Nevada Delays Its First Execution in 12 Years After a Drug Company Objects," 12 July 2018 It was postponed to May 30 to allow for pre-sentencing motions, court officials said. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Sentencing postponed again for North Shore woman convicted of 5th DWI," 30 Apr. 2018 Some corporate clients of UBS decided to postpone meetings with investors, a person familiar with the matter said. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "UBS ‘Chinese Pig’ Apology Doesn’t Fly," 20 June 2019 The Israeli news site Calcalist reported Wednesday that Intel has postponed plans for its new factory in southern Israel. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Intel appears to be delaying Israeli factory, but Oregon expansion remains on track," 18 June 2019 Bowing to public pressure, Hong Kong’s lawmakers decided to postpone the debate of the bill. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "China can’t smash Hong Kong’s spirit," 12 June 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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The first known use of postpone was in the 15th century

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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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