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VERB (2)

1. hold back to a later time;
- Example: "let's postpone the exam"
[syn: postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off]

2. yield to another's wish or opinion;
- Example: "The government bowed to the military pressure"
[syn: submit, bow, defer, accede, give in]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Defer \De*fer"\, v. i. To put off; to delay to act; to wait. [1913 Webster] Pius was able to defer and temporize at leisure. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Defer \De*fer"\, v. t. [F. d['e]f['e]rer to pay deference, to yield, to bring before a judge, fr. L. deferre to bring down; de- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Defer to delay, Delate.] 1. To render or offer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Worship deferred to the Virgin. --Brevint. [1913 Webster] 2. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to. [1913 Webster] Hereupon the commissioners . . . deferred the matter to the Earl of Northumberland. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Defer \De*fer"\, v. i. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to. [1913 Webster] The house, deferring to legal right, acquiesced. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]
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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

defer v 1: hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam" [syn: postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put off] 2: yield to another's wish or opinion; "The government bowed to the military pressure" [syn: submit, bow, defer, accede, give in]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

75 Moby Thesaurus words for "defer": accede, accede to, accommodate, acquiesce, adapt, adjourn, adjust, agree, agree to, assent, block, bow, bow to, capitulate, cave, comply with, conform, continue, cringe, defer to, delay, detain, drag out, extend, fawn, hang fire, hang up, hinder, hold off, hold over, hold up, impede, intermit, knuckle, knuckle under, lay aside, lay by, lay over, lengthen, obstruct, pigeonhole, postpone, prolong, prorogate, prorogue, protract, push aside, put aside, put off, put on ice, put over, recess, remit, reserve, retard, set aside, set by, shelve, shift off, sleep on, slow, stall, stand over, stave off, stay, stretch out, submit, submit to, succumb, suspend, table, take a recess, truckle, waive, yield to