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English noun: delay

1. delay (time) time during which some action is awaited

SamplesInstant replay caused too long a delay.
He ordered a hold in the action.

Synonymshold, postponement, time lag, wait

Broader (hypernym)break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension

Narrower (hyponym)extension, moratorium, retardation

2. delay (act) the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time


Broader (hypernym)inactivity

Narrower (hyponym)break, cunctation, dalliance, dawdling, deferment, deferral, demurrage, disruption, filibuster, forbearance, gap, interruption, lag, lingering, postponement, procrastination, retardation, shillyshally, slowdown, tarriance, trifling

English verb: delay

1. delay (change) cause to be slowed down or delayed

SamplesTraffic was delayed by the bad weather.
She delayed the work that she didn't want to perform.

Synonymsdetain, hold up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decelerate, retard, slow, slow down, slow up

Narrower (hyponym)buy time, catch, stall, stonewall

Antonymshurry, rush

2. delay (stative) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

SamplesDon't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered.

ExamplesThey delay a long time

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold back, hold off, wait

Narrower (hyponym)defer, dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, hesitate, hold over, pause, postpone, procrastinate, procrastinate, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, shillyshally, stall, table

3. delay (change) stop or halt

SamplesPlease stay the bloodshed!.

Synonymsdetain, stay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)check, delay, retard

4. delay (change) slow the growth or development of

SamplesThe brain damage will retard the child's language development.

Synonymscheck, retard

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)dampen, delay, detain, stay

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