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

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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So the road show is cancelled and the IPO is postponed, the Wall Street Journal reports. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Cities Need to De-Emphasize Cars and Turn Streets Into Parks—Data Sheet," 17 Sep. 2019 On Friday, organizers said the Hong Kong Open women’s tennis tournament scheduled Oct. 5-13 was being postponed indefinitely. Washington Post, "Tennis, musicals are latest events postponed in Hong Kong," 13 Sep. 2019 The retreat was originally planned for January in West Virginia, but was postponed due to a partial federal government shutdown at the time. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Weeks after blasting Baltimore as rodent-infested, Trump to pay a visit to Charm City," 11 Sep. 2019 The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed due to Hurricane Dorian. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Edgewater tops Jones in Orlando high school football showdown," 10 Sep. 2019 Over the past few years, the Chandrayaan-2 mission suffered numerous hiccups and delays and was postponed more than half a dozen times. Sanjay Kumar, Science | AAAS, "'Failure is part of the game': Indian spacecraft presumed lost after moon landing attempt," 7 Sep. 2019 This matchup came together in a hurry – Key was set to play Mount Carmel at Eastern Regional Park, but the game was postponed because the private school didn’t have enough players to field a full roster. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Football: Francis Scott Key can’t hold lead in opener, Poly prevails," 7 Sep. 2019 Inge Courtois, the general manager of Truth Aquatics, said the company's diving operations were postponed until further notice. NBC News, "Bodies of 33 victims of California diving boat fire recovered, one still missing," 4 Sep. 2019 Deborah Ferguson, an attorney representing Edmo, said in January her client was at risk of self-harm if the surgery was postponed. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Idaho must pay for transgender inmate's surgery, court rules," 27 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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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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