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delay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of delay

  1. 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 Synonyms of delay detainment, detention, holdback, holding pattern, holdup, wait Words Related to delay deferment, deferral, postponement; reprieve, respite; foot-dragging, hesitation, lag, pause, setback, slowdown Near Antonyms of delay haste, rush; dispatch, promptitude, promptness


delay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of delay

  1. 1 to move or act slowly she ordered the kids to stop delaying and to get to bed Synonyms of delay crawl, creep, dally, dawdle, diddle, dillydally, drag, lag, linger, loiter, lollygag (also lallygag), mope, poke, shilly-shally, tarry Words Related to delay fiddle (around), fool around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; amble, ease, inch, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stagger, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up); filibuster, procrastinate, stall, temporize Phrases drag one's feet (also drag one's heels), drop behind, fall behind, hang fire, mark time, take one's time Near Antonyms of delay bowl, breeze, dart, hump, hurtle, hustle, scramble, stampede; gallop, jog, run, sprint, trot; accelerate, quicken, speed (up); catch up, fast-forward, outpace, outrun, outstrip, overtake Antonyms of delay barrel, bolt, career, course, dash, fly, hasten, hotfoot (it), hurry, race, rip, rocket, run, rush, scoot, scud, scurry, speed, tear, whirl, whisk, whiz (or whizz), zip

  2. 2 to assign to a later time our guests delayed their departure until after dinner Synonyms of delay defer, postpone, hold off (on), hold over, hold up, lay over, put off, put over, remit, shelveWords Related to delay suspend; hesitate, pause, stay; detain, retard, slow; extend, lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch (out); waitNear Antonyms of delay act, deal (with), decide (upon), do, work (on)



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