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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


Synonymsholdup


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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