HyperDic: delay

English > 6 senses of the word delay:
VERBchangedelay, detain, hold upcause to be slowed ... / slowed down or delayed
stativedelayact later than planned, scheduled, or required
changedelay, stay, detainstop or halt
changedelay, check, retardslow the growth or development of
NOUNtimedelay, hold, time lag, postponement, waittime during which some action is awaited
actdelay, holdupthe act of delaying
delay > pronunciation
Soundsdihley'
RhymesAAA ... waylay: 40 rhymes with ley...
English > delay: 6 senses > noun 1, time
MeaningTime during which some action is awaited.
Example"instant replay caused too long a delay"
Synonymshold, time lag, postponement, wait
NarrowerextensionA mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
moratoriumA legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
retardationThe extent to which something is delayed or held back
Broaderpause, intermission, break, interruption, suspensionA time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
Spanishaplazamiento, atraso, demora, dilación, espera, retraso
Catalandemora, espera, retardament
Verbsdelayslow the growth or development of
delayact later than planned, scheduled, or required
English > delay: 6 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningThe act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time.
Synonymholdup
Narrowerbreak, interruption, disruption, gapAn act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
dalliance, dawdling, triflingThe deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
demurragedetention of a ship or freight car or other cargo beyond its scheduled time of departure
filibuster(law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation / legislation by making long speeches
forbearanceA delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges
postponement, deferment, deferralAct of putting off to a future time
procrastination, cunctation, shillyshallyThe act of procrastinating
slowdown, lag, retardationThe act of slowing ... / slowing down or falling behind
tarriance, lingeringThe act of tarrying
BroaderinactivityInactive
Spanishatraco, demora, retraso
Catalandemora, retard
Verbsdelaycause to be slowed ... / slowed down or delayed
delaystop or halt
delayslow the growth or development of
English > delay: 6 senses > verb 1, change
MeaningCause to be slowed ... / slowed down or delayed.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Examples
  • "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"
  • "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
Synonymsdetain, hold up
Narrowerbuy timeact so as to delay an event or action in order to gain an advantage
catchdelay or hold up
stalldeliberately delay an event or action
stonewallEngage in delaying / delaying tactics / tactics or refuse to cooperate
Broaderdecelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retardLose velocity
Oppositerush, hurryurge to an unnatural speed
Spanishatrasar, demorar
Catalandemorar, endarrerir, retardar
Nounsdelaythe act of delaying
English > delay: 6 senses > verb 2, stative
MeaningAct later than planned, scheduled, or required.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey delay a long time
Example"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
Narrowerhesitate, pauseinterrupt temporarily an activity before continuing
postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offhold back to a later time
procrastinate, stall, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, dilly-dally, dillydallypostpone doing what one should be doing
procrastinatepostpone or delay needlessly
Broaderwait, hold off, hold backwait before acting
Spanishatrasar, demorar, retrasarse
Catalandemorar, endarrerir, retardar
Nounsdelaytime during which some action is awaited
English > delay: 6 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningstop or halt.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsstay, detain
Broadercheck, retard, delaySlow the growth or development of
Spanishdemorar, detener, diferir, retrasar
Catalandemorar, endarrerir, retardar
Nounsdelaythe act of delaying
English > delay: 6 senses > verb 4, change
MeaningSlow the growth or development of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymscheck, retard
Narrowerdampencheck
stay, detain, delaystop or halt
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Spanishcontener, refrenar
Catalancontenir, refrenar
Nounsdelaythe act of delaying
delaytime during which some action is awaited

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