defer

Defer means to put off or delay. You can try to defer the inevitable by pushing “snooze” and falling back asleep, but eventually you're going to have to get up.

If you're excellent at pushing things to a later date and a master at procrastination, then you already know how to defer. But defer can also mean to comply with another person’s opinion or wishes. So when your boss finds out you deferred your work to shop online instead, you should probably defer when she asks you to come in and finish everything up over the weekend.

DEFINITIONS OF: defer

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v yield to another's wish or opinion

Synonyms:
accede, bow, give in, submit
Type of:
buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield
consent reluctantly

v hold back to a later time

Synonyms:
hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table
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call
stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
hold
stop dealing with
suspend
render temporarily ineffective
probate
put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite
postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
Type of:
delay
act later than planned, scheduled, or required
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