Defer meaning

dĭ-fûr'
To put off; postpone.
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To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
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To submit to the wish or decision of another, as in recognition of authority.
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To commit or entrust to another.

The principal deferred the decision to the school board.

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To put off to a future time; postpone; delay.
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To postpone the induction of (a person) into compulsory military service.
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To give in to the wish or judgment of another, as in showing respect; yield with courtesy (to)
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To delay or postpone; especially to postpone induction into military service.
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(intransitive) To delay, to wait.
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(law) To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.
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To render, to offer.
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To defer is defined as to delay something until later or to give into someone else.

An example of defer is when you tell the college to hold your place because you want to work for a year.

An example of defer is when you let your husband have his way.

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Origin of defer

Middle English deferen from Old French deferer from Latin dēferre to carry away, refer to dē- de- ferre to carry bher-1 in Indo-European roots