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English verb: defer

1. defer (stative) hold back to a later time


SamplesLet's postpone the exam.


Synonymshold over, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, set back, shelve, table


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)delay


Narrower (hyponym)call, hold, probate, reprieve, respite, suspend


Entailcall off, cancel, reschedule, scratch, scrub

2. defer (communication) yield to another's wish or opinion


SamplesThe government bowed to the military pressure.


Synonymsaccede, bow, give in, submit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s to somebody


Broader (hypernym)buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb, yield









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