Meaning of DELAY in English

DELAY

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

If you ~ doing something, you do not do it immediately or at the planned or expected time, but you leave it until later.

For sentimental reasons I wanted to ~ my departure until June...

So don’t ~, write in now for your chance of a free gift.

= postpone

VERB: V n/-ing, V

2.

To ~ someone or something means to make them late or to slow them down.

Can you ~ him in some way?...

The passengers were ~ed for an hour.

= hold up

VERB: V n, V n

3.

If you ~, you deliberately take longer than necessary to do something.

If he ~ed any longer, the sun would be up.

VERB: V

4.

If there is a ~, something does not happen until later than planned or expected.

Although the tests have caused some ~, flights should be back to normal this morning.

= hold-up

N-VAR

5.

Delay is a failure to do something immediately or in the required or usual time.

We’ll send you a quote without ~.

N-UNCOUNT

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