- To delay is defined as to postpone, make late or stop for awhile.
An example of to delay is a snow storm making a flight late.
delay definition by Webster's New World
- to put off to a future time; postpone
- to make late; slow up; detain
Origin: Middle English delaien ; from Old French delaier ; from de-, intensive plush laier, to leave, let, altered (? after conjugation of faire) ; from laissier ; from Classical Latin laxare: see relax
- a delaying or being delayed
- the period of time for which something is delayed
- delayer noun
delay definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb de·layed, de·lay·ing, de·lays verb, transitive
- To postpone until a later time; defer.
- To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired: Heavy traffic delayed us.
- The act of delaying; postponement: responded without delay.
- The condition of being delayed; detainment.
- The period of time during which one is delayed.
- The interval of time between two events.
Origin: Middle English delaien, from Anglo-Norman delaier, from Old French deslaier : des-, de- + laier, to leave, of Germanic origin; see leip- in Indo-European roots.
- de·layˈer noun