To delay is defined as to postpone, make late or stop for awhile.(verb)
An example of to delay is a snow storm making a flight late.
See delay in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME delaien < OFr delaier < de-, intens. + laier, to leave, let, altered (? after conjugation of faire) < laissier < L laxare: see relax
See delay in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb de·layed, de·lay·ing, de·lays verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English delaien
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman delaier
Origin: , from Old French deslaier
Origin: : des-, de-
Origin: + laier, to leave
Origin: , of Germanic origin; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
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