Meaning of POSTPONE in English

post ‧ pone /pəʊsˈpəʊn $ poʊsˈpoʊn/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: postponere , from ponere ; ⇨ ↑ position 1 ]

to change the date or time of a planned event or action to a later one SYN put back OPP bring forward :

The match had to be postponed until next week.

postpone doing something

They’ve decided to postpone having a family for a while.

His trial has been postponed indefinitely (=no one knows when it will happen) .

—postponement noun [uncountable and countable]

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▪ postpone verb [transitive] to change the date or time of a planned event or action to a later one:

The game was postponed because of heavy snow.


We had to postpone the trip because of my father’s illness.


The trial has been postponed until November.

▪ put something off phrasal verb [transitive] to decide to do something later than you planned to do it or later than you should do it, especially because there is a problem or because you do not want to do it now:

I really should go to the dentist, but I keep putting it off.


The concert’s been put off till next week.


The committee decided to put off making any decision until the new year.

▪ delay verb [transitive] to not do something until something else has happened or until a more suitable time:

He decided to delay his departure until after he’d seen the Director.


Police delayed making any announcement until the girl’s relatives had been contacted.

▪ procrastinate verb [intransitive] formal to delay doing something that you ought to do, usually because you do not want to do it – used especially to show disapproval:

Kerry procrastinated for as long as possible before firing anyone.


He had been procrastinating over starting the work.

▪ be pushed/moved/put back if an event is pushed back, someone arranges for it to be held at a later time or date than originally planned:

Their meeting has been put back to next Thursday.


The museum’s opening date was pushed back so that safety checks could be carried out.


The game on April 1 has been moved back to April 5.

▪ shelve verb [transitive] to decide not to continue with a plan, project etc now although it may be considered again at some time in the future:

Plans for a new stadium have been shelved for now.


The city shelved the project due to lack of funding.

▪ put something on ice/put something on the back burner to decide not to continue with a plan, project etc until a later time. These expressions are rather informal and are often used in business English:

The project has had to be put on ice due to lack of funding.


Blears called for the discussions to be put on ice until after the elections.


The plan seems to have been put on the back burner.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.