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.
Defer the spoil of the city until night. --Shak.
God . . . will not long defer
To vindicate the glory of his name. --Milton.