Delay Definition

dĭ-lā
delayed, delaying, delays
verb
delayed, delaying, delays
To stop for a while; linger.
Webster's New World
To put off to a future time; postpone.
Webster's New World
To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired.
Heavy traffic delayed us.
American Heritage
To make late; slow up; detain.
Webster's New World
To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
American Heritage
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noun
delays
The act of delaying; postponement.
Responded without delay.
American Heritage
A delaying or being delayed.
Webster's New World
The period of time for which something is delayed.
Webster's New World
The interval of time between two events.
American Heritage
other

The total time required for a signal to travel from one point to another, generally from a transmitter through a network to a receiver. See also delay skew and latency.

Webster's New World Telecom
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Other Word Forms of Delay

Noun

Singular:
delay
Plural:
delays

Origin of Delay

  • From Middle English delaien, from Anglo-Norman delaier, Old French deslaier, from des- + Old French laier (“to leave”), a conflation of Old Frankish *latjan ("to delay, hinder"; from Proto-Germanic *latjaną (“to delay, hinder, stall”), from Proto-Indo-European *le(i)d- (“to leave, leave behind”)), and Old Frankish *laibjan ("to leave"; from Proto-Germanic *laibijaną (“to leave, cause to stay”), from Proto-Indo-European *leip- (“to remain, continue”)). Akin to Old English latian (“to delay, hesitate”), Old English latu (“a delay, a hindrance”), Old English lǣfan (“to leave”). More at let (to hinder), late, leave.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English delaien from Anglo-Norman delaier from Old French deslaier des- de- laier to leave of Germanic origin leip- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle French délayer, ultimately from Latin dis- + ligāre.

    From Wiktionary

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