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Definition 1: yield to another's wish or opinion - [verb of communication]

Samples where defer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The government bowed to the military pressure

Synonyms for defer in the sense of this definition

(defer is a kind of ...) consent reluctantly

Definition 2: hold back to a later time - [verb of stative]

Samples where defer or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let's postpone the exam

Synonyms for defer in the sense of this definition

(defer is a kind of ...) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

(... is a kind of defer ) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

"call a football game"

(... is a kind of defer ) stop dealing with

"hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

(... is a kind of defer ) render temporarily ineffective

"the prison sentence was suspended"

(... is a kind of defer ) put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence

(... is a kind of defer ) postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

(defer implies ...) assign a new time and place for an event

"We had to reschedule the doctor's appointment"

(defer implies ...) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

"Call off the engagement" "cancel the dinner party" "we had to scrub our vacation plans" "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

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