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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Defer \De*fer"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deferred; p. pr. & vb. n. Deferring.] [OE. differren, F. diff['e]rer, fr. L. differre to delay, bear different ways; dis- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Differ, Defer to offer.] To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold. [1913 Webster] Defer the spoil of the city until night. --Shak. [1913 Webster] God . . . will not long defer To vindicate the glory of his name. --Milton. [1913 Webster]