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noun (n)

  • time during which some action is awaited (noun.time)
    Instant replay caused too long a delay.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time (noun.act)
    Synonym: holdup
    source: wordnet30
  • A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • cause to be slowed down or delayed (verb.change)
    Synonym: detain, hold up
    Antonym: hurry, rush
    Traffic was delayed by the bad weather.
    She delayed the work that she didn't want to perform.
    source: wordnet30
  • act later than planned, scheduled, or required (verb.stative)
    Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered.
    source: wordnet30
  • stop or halt (verb.change)
    Synonym: detain, stay
    source: wordnet30
  • slow the growth or development of (verb.change)
    Synonym: check, retard
    source: wordnet30
  • To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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