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Definition of defer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

defer

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verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈfɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɜːr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they defer
BrE BrE//dɪˈfɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɜːr//
 
he / she / it defers
BrE BrE//dɪˈfɜːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɜːrz//
 
past simple deferred
BrE BrE//dɪˈfɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɜːrd//
 
past participle deferred
BrE BrE//dɪˈfɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɜːrd//
 
-ing form deferring
BrE BrE//dɪˈfɜːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfɜːrɪŋ//
 
 
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defer (doing) something (formal) to delay something until a later time synonym put off The department deferred the decision for six months. She had applied for deferred admission to college. Word Origin verb late Middle English (also in the sense ‘put on one side’): from Old French differer ‘defer or differ’, from Latin differre, from dis- ‘apart’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’. Compare with differ.

defer to somebody/​something.

late Middle English: from Old French deferer, from Latin deferre ‘carry away, refer (a matter)’, from de- ‘away from’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’.
Extra examples Sentence was deferred for six months. The decision has been deferred indefinitely. We agreed to defer discussion of these issues until the next meeting.
Phrasal Verbsdefer to somebody
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