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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)

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 "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)."