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Definition 1: the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for delay in the sense of this definition

(delay is a kind of ...) being inactive; being less active

(... is a kind of delay ) an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

"it was presented without commercial breaks" "there was a gap in his account"

(... is a kind of delay ) (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches

(... is a kind of delay ) the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working

(... is a kind of delay ) the act of slowing down or falling behind

(... is a kind of delay ) the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time

(... is a kind of delay ) act of putting off to a future time

(... is a kind of delay ) a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting

"his forbearance to reply was alarming"

(... is a kind of delay ) detention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure

(... is a kind of delay ) the act of tarrying

Definition 2: time during which some action is awaited - [noun denoting time]

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

  • instant replay caused too long a delay
  • he ordered a hold in the action

Synonyms for delay in the sense of this definition

(delay is a kind of ...) a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

(... is a kind of delay ) a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt

"they applied for an extension of the loan"

(... is a kind of delay ) a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged

(... is a kind of delay ) the extent to which something is delayed or held back

Definition 3: cause to be slowed down or delayed - [verb of change]

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

  • Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
  • she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform

Synonyms for delay in the sense of this definition

(delay is a kind of ...) lose velocity; move more slowly

"The car decelerated"

(... is a kind of delay ) engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate

"The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist"

(... is a kind of delay ) delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

(... is a kind of delay ) deliberately delay an event or action

"she doesn't want to write the report, so she is stalling"

(... is a kind of delay ) act so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage

Definition 4: stop or halt - [verb of change]

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

  • Please stay the bloodshed!

Synonyms for delay in the sense of this definition

(delay is a kind of ...) slow the growth or development of

"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Definition 5: slow the growth or development of - [verb of change]

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

  • The brain damage will retard the child's language development

Synonyms for delay in the sense of this definition

(delay is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of delay ) check; keep in check (a fire)

(... is a kind of delay ) stop or halt

"Please stay the bloodshed!"

Definition 6: act later than planned, scheduled, or required - [verb of stative]

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

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

(delay is a kind of ...) wait before acting

"the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"

(... is a kind of delay ) interrupt temporarily an activity before continuing

"The speaker paused"

(... is a kind of delay ) postpone doing what one should be doing

"He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"

(... is a kind of delay ) postpone or delay needlessly

"He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"

(... is a kind of delay ) hold back to a later time

"let's postpone the exam"

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