Meaning of DELAY in English


n. 25B6; verb

we were delayed by the traffic : DETAIN, hold up, make late, slow up/down, bog down; hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct.

they delayed no longer : LINGER, dally, drag one's feet, be slow, hold back, dawdle, waste time; procrastinate, stall, hang fire, mark time, temporize, hesitate, dither, shilly-shally; informal dilly-dally; archaic tarry.

he may delay the cut in interest rates : POSTPONE, put off, defer, hold over, shelve, suspend, stay; reschedule; N. Amer. put over, table; informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage.

hurry, advance.

25B6; noun

drivers will face lengthy delays : HOLD-UP, wait, detainment; hindrance, impediment, obstruction, setback.

the delay of his trial : POSTPONEMENT, deferral, deferment, stay, respite; adjournment.

I set off without delay : PROCRASTINATION, stalling, hesitation, dithering, dallying, dawdling.

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