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defer

verb

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  1. to assign to a later time we agreed to defer a discussion of the issue until we had more information Synonyms of defer postpone, delay, hold off (on), hold over, hold up, lay over, put off, put over, remit, shelveWords Related to defer suspend; hesitate, pause, stay; detain, retard, slow; extend, lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch (out); waitNear Antonyms of defer act, deal (with), decide (upon), do, work (on)

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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 under way
stay often suggests the stopping or checking by an intervening agency or authority.
    • the governor stayed the execution

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