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delay

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an instance or period of being prevented from going about one's business

  • there was a delay for our boarding while the airplane unloaded incoming passengers
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delay

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1 to move or act slowly

  • she ordered the kids to stop delaying and to get to bed
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drag one's feet (also drag one's heels), drop behind, fall behind, hang fire, mark time, take one's time

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2 to assign to a later time

  • our guests delayed their departure until after dinner
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Synonym Discussion of delay

delay, retard, slow, slacken, detain mean to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress. delay implies a holding back, usually by interference, from completion or arrival.
    • bad weather delayed our arrival
retard suggests reduction of speed without actual stopping.
    • language barriers retarded their progress
slow and slacken also imply a reduction of speed, slow often suggesting deliberate intention
    • medication slowed the patient's heart rate
, slacken an easing up or relaxing of power or effort.
    • on hot days runners slacken their pace
detain implies a holding back beyond a reasonable or appointed time.
    • unexpected business had detained her


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