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
- hold back to a later time
- lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
- synonyms of defer: hold over / postpone / prorogue / put off / put over / remit / set back / shelve / table
- more generic word: delay = act later than planned, scheduled, or required
- more specific words:
- call = stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather
- hold = stop dealing with
- suspend = render temporarily ineffective
- probate = put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
- reprieve / respite = postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
- entailments: reschedule = assign a new time and place for an event; call off / cancel / scratch / scrub = postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled
- yield to another's wish or opinion
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] to [Actor 2] The enemy soldiers submitted to us
- lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
- synonyms of defer: accede / bow / give in / submit
- more generic terms: buckle under / give in / knuckle under / succumb / yield = consent reluctantly
Alternative definition of the verb defer
- To delay, or postpone, especially to postpone induction into military service.
- [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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J-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 ...
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, ...
London 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.
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 ...
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
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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.Couldn't select: Got error 28 from storage engine