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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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