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  Definition of delay
  1. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
  2. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
  3. slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child''s language development"
  4. cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn''t want to perform"
  5. stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
  6. act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don''t delay your application to graduate school or else it won''t be considered"
Similar Words: holdup, hold, time lag, postponement, wait, check, retard, detain, hold up, stay

 

Hyponyms: break, interruption, disruption, gap, demurrage, forbearance, postponement, deferment, deferral, procrastination, cunctation, shillyshally, slowdown, lag, retardation, dalliance, dawdling, trifling, wasting time, filibuster, tarriance, lingering, extension, moratorium, dampen, stay, detain, stonewall, catch, stall, buy time, hesitate, pause, procrastinate, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, dilly-dally, dillydally, postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off

 

Derivational Morphology: detain, hold up, check, retard, stay, wait, hold off, hold back, hold, halt, arrest, time lag, postponement, holdup, idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, changeling, half-wit, retardation, mental retardation, backwardness, slowness, subnormality

 

 
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