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DEFER (deferred, deferring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defer mean? 

DEFER (verb)
  The verb DEFER has 2 senses:

1. hold back to a later time
2. submit or yield to another's wish or opinion

  Familiarity information: DEFER used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DEFER (verb)

Sense 1defer [BACK TO TOP]


Hold back to a later time

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


shelve; set back; put off; prorogue; postpone; defer; table; put over; remit; hold over

Context example:

let's postpone the exam

Hypernyms (to "defer" is one way to...):

delay (act later than planned, scheduled, or required)

"Defer" entails doing...:

reschedule (assign a new time and place for an event)

call off; cancel; scratch; scrub (postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defer"):

call (stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather)

hold (stop dealing with)

suspend (render temporarily ineffective)

probate (put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence)

reprieve; respite (postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sense 2defer [BACK TO TOP]


Submit or yield to another's wish or opinion

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


accede; give in; bow; defer; submit

Context example:

The government bowed to the military pressure

Hypernyms (to "defer" is one way to...):

buckle under; give in; knuckle under; succumb; yield (consent reluctantly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s to somebody

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