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Definition of 'delay'


  1. time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
       Synonyms: hold time lag postponement wait
  2. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
       Synonyms: holdup


  1. cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
       Synonyms: detain hold up
       Antonyms: rush hurry
  2. act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
  3. stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
       Synonyms: stay detain
  4. slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
       Synonyms: check retard

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