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Defer appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Defer a shallot; ayatollahs are fed.
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Definition of the verb defer

What does defer mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: deferred, deferring

  1. hold back to a later time
  2. yield to another's wish or opinion

Alternative definition of the verb defer


  1. To delay, or postpone, especially to postpone induction into military service.
  2. [legal] To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.

Definition of the verb defer for high school students

    to postpone something; to yield to another's wisdom
    • example: Ron deferred to Diane, the expert on musical instruments, when he was asked about buying a piano.

The verb defer is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for defer

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Google previewJ-Curve Exposure (2008)

Managing a Portfolio of Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds by Pierre-Yves Mathonet, Thomas Meyer

The typical example in the financial literature illustrating the value of an option to defer is a mining company that has undeveloped reserves that it can choose to develop at a time of its choosing – presumably when the price of the commodity is ...

Google preview20 Things to Know about Deep Brain Stimulation (2015)

by Erwin B. Montgomery, Jr.

A choice to defer is a choice to withhold DBS. It is highly unlikely that the data necessary for unambiguous resolution of who is the least appropriate patient for DBS will be available. Judgment is difficult, as physicians, healthcare professionals, ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

DEFER, v. a. & v. n. Fr. differer; Span. differir; Ital differire; Lat. differre, from de and fero, to bear away. To put away for a time; to put off; delay; withhold. It is also used for refer, and thus becomes the parent of the substantive deference.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

Deferent, that which bears, carries or conveys. To defer the matter, (in Bacon,) to bear it, to lay it before. [The Lorde thy ...

Google previewDictionary of the Efïk language, (1874)

in two parts. I.- Efïk and English. II.- English and Efïk

Defer', v. tr. Yak nim; kpbii ...

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Usage statistics about defer

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

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Quotes about defer

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. (Ettiene De Grellet)
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Scrabble value of D2E1F4E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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