Defer definition

dĭ-fûr
To commit or entrust to another.

The principal deferred the decision to the school board.

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To put off; postpone.
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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 postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
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To put off to a future time; postpone; delay.
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To submit to the wish or decision of another, as in recognition of authority.
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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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To postpone the induction of (a person) into compulsory military service.
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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 delay or postpone; especially to postpone induction into military service.
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(intransitive) To delay, to wait.
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To render, to offer.
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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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English differren to postpone, differ differ

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French differer, from Latin differre.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle French deferer, from Latin deferre

    From Wiktionary