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Definition of "defer" []

  • To put off; postpone. (verb-transitive)
  • To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft). (verb-transitive)
  • To procrastinate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To submit to the opinion, wishes, or decision of another through respect or in recognition of his or her authority, knowledge, or judgment. See Synonyms at yield. (verb-intransitive)
  • To commit or entrust to another. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "defer" in a sentence
  • "To defer from the steven King inflection it should be referenced as a Viral of vampires."
  • "Captain Sears did defer, that is he seldom opposed."
  • "Now you may wonder why it's called defer and lazyload and I talked about not loading at all."