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
  1. verb
    yield to another's wish or opinion
    synonyms: accede, bow, give in, submit
  2. verb
    hold back to a later time
    synonyms: hold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table
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    stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
    stop dealing with
    render temporarily ineffective
    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:
    act later than planned, scheduled, or required
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