Definition of "delay" []

  • To postpone until a later time; defer. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired: Heavy traffic delayed us. (verb-transitive)
  • To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of delaying; postponement: responded without delay. (noun)
  • The condition of being delayed; detainment. (noun)
  • To put off to a later time; defer (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To slow up, hinder, or cause to be late; detain (verb)
  • To be irresolute or put off doing something; procrastinate (verb)
  • To linger; dawdle (verb)
  • The act or an instance of delaying or being delayed (noun)
  • The interval between one event and another; lull; interlude (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "delay" in a sentence
  • "In the press box, the official time of the rain delay is announced: 46 hours even."
  • "But here, a certain delay is permitted, the more signally to manifest the power of Christ and accomplish His purposes."
  • "Many of those engineers feel a since of relief that this delay is here - they want to make sure they are doing the right thing (reduced risk)."