Definition of dilatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɪlətəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪlətɔːri//
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dilatory (in doing something) (formal) not acting quickly enough; causing delay The government has been dilatory in dealing with the problem of unemployment. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin dilatorius ‘delaying’, from Latin dilator ‘delayer’, from dilat- ‘deferred’, from the verb differre.
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