Meaning of POSTPONE in English

(ˈ)pōs(t)ˈpōn, _pəs(t)ˈ- transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin postponere to put after, neglect, postpone, from post- + ponere to place, put — more at position

1. : to hold back to a later time : defer , delay

postpone payments for a year

postpone further discussion of the matter

the meeting is postponed until next week

postponed doing her housework for a few hours


a. : to place after : put nearer the end

postponing the verb in German

— used especially of words and particles

b. : to place after in order of precedence, preference, or importance : subordinate

English law in its canons of inheritance postponed the daughter to the son — Frederick Pollock & F.W.Maitland

wish you never to postpone your business to literary trifling — G.B.Shaw

Synonyms: see defer

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