Meaning of DELAY in English



to cause to be late or behind in movement or progress

was delayed by traffic

Synonyms: bog (down), decelerate, detain, embog, hang up, mire, retard, set back, slacken, slow (up or down)

Related Word: block, hinder, impede, obstruct; defer, hold over, hold up, intermit, postpone, put off, stay, suspend; arrest, check, interrupt

Idioms: hang fire

Contrasted words: accelerate, hasten, hurry, precipitate, quicken, speed; advance, forward, further, promote

Antonyms: expedite


to move or act slowly so that progress or work is retarded

their landlord kept delaying in making repairs

Synonyms: dally, dawdle, dilly, dillydally, drag, lag, linger, loiter, mull, poke, procrastinate, put off, tarry, trail

Related Word: hang back, idle, wait; drone; falter, hesitate, vacillate, waver

Idioms: take one's own sweet ( or good) time

Antonyms: hasten, hurry


Synonyms: defer , hold off, hold over, hold up, postpone, prorogue, put off, shelve, stay, suspend

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