defers (third person present) · deferred (past tense) · deferred (past participle) · deferring (present participle)
  1. put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone.
    "they deferred the decision until February"
    postpone · put off · adjourn · delay · hold over/off · put back ·
    carry over · shelve · suspend · stay · hold in abeyance · prorogue · pigeonhole · mothball · put over · table · lay on the table · take a rain check on · continue · put on ice · put on the back burner · put in cold storage · remit · respite
    • law
      (of a judge) postpone (a sentence) so that the circumstances or conduct of the defendant can be further assessed.
      "the judge deferred sentence until 5 April for background reports"
    • US
      postpone the conscription of (someone).
      "he was no longer deferred from the draft"
late Middle English (also in the sense ‘put on one side’): from Old French differer ‘defer or differ’, from Latin differre, from dis- ‘apart’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’. Compare with defer2 and differ.
(defer to)
defers (third person present) · deferred (past tense) · deferred (past participle) · deferring (present participle)
  1. submit to or acknowledge the merit of.
    "he deferred to Tim's superior knowledge"
    yield · submit · give way · give in · surrender · accede · bow ·
    capitulate · acquiesce · knuckle under · comply with · agree with · respect · honour · truckle
    stand up to · disobey
late Middle English: from Old French deferer, from Latin deferre ‘carry away, refer (a matter)’, from de- ‘away from’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’. Compare with defer1.
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How to use defer in a sentence?
the judge deferred sentence until 5 April for background reports.
they deferred the decision until February.
he was no longer deferred from the draft.
he deferred to Tim's superior knowledge.
How to say defer in other languages?
Laguages Translations
Afrikaans uitstel
Arabic (VERB)أرجاء, ترجئ, تأجيل, تؤجل, يرجئ, يؤجل
Bangla অবকাশ
Bosnian (Latin) odgodi
Bulgarian (VERB)отложи, отсрочи, разсрочи, отлагане
Cantonese (Traditional) 推遲
Catalan (VERB)ajornar
Chinese Simplified 推迟
Chinese Traditional 推遲
Croatian (VERB)odgoditi
Czech (VERB)odložit
Danish (VERB)udskyde, udsætte
Dutch (VERB)uitstellen, verschuiven
Estonian (VERB)edasi lükata
Fijian sereki
Filipino ipagpaliban ang mga
Finnish (VERB)lykätä
French (VERB)reporter, différer, déférer, ajourner, renvoyer, repousser, retarder
German (VERB)zurückstellen, verschieben, vertagen, verzögern
Greek (VERB)αναβάλει, καθυστερήσει
Haitian Creole ranvwaye
Hebrew (NOUN)דחה
Hindi (VERB)ठुकराने, स्थगित
Hungarian (VERB)elhalasztja
Icelandic (NOUN)fresta
Indonesian (VERB)menunda
Italian (VERB)rinviare, differire, dilazionare, rimetto, rimandare, posticipare
Japanese (VERB)延期, 遅らせる, 保留, 後回し, 延びる, 延び
Kiswahili (VERB)kuahirisha
Korean (VERB)연기, 지연할, 거치
Latvian (VERB)atlikt, jāatliek
Lithuanian (VERB)atidėti
Malagasy miantehitra
Malay (Latin) (VERB)menangguhkan
Maltese (VERB)tiddifferixxi
Norwegian Bokmål utsette
Persian (VERB)تسلیم
Polish (VERB)odroczyć
Portuguese (VERB)adiar, adie, diferir, protelar
Querétaro Otomi nt'uni ar
Romanian (VERB)amâna, amâne
Russian (VERB)отложить, откладывать, перенести, отсрочить, полагаюсь
Samoan taofi
Serbian (Cyrillic) одложи
Serbian (Latin) odloži
Slovak (VERB)odložiť, odklad, posunúť
Slovenian (VERB)odloži
Spanish (VERB)aplazar, diferir, postergar, deferir, aplazarla, prorrogar, posponer
Swedish (VERB)uppskjuta
Tahitian farii
Tamil தள்ளி
Telugu ఇదియే
Thai เลื่อน
Tongan fakatoloi
Turkish (VERB)erteleme
Ukrainian (VERB)відкласти
Urdu وہ احمقوں سے خُوش
Vietnamese (VERB)hoãn
Welsh (VERB)gohirio
Yucatec Maya diferir le
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