Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put off; postpone.
  • transitive v. To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
  • intransitive v. To procrastinate.
  • intransitive v. To submit to the opinion, wishes, or decision of another through respect or in recognition of his or her authority, knowledge, or judgment. See Synonyms at yield.
  • transitive v. To commit or entrust to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To delay, or postpone, especially to postpone induction into military service.
  • v. To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
  • intransitive v. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
  • transitive v. To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.
  • transitive v. To render or offer.
  • transitive v. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To offer; render; assign: as, to defer the command of an army.
  • To refer; leave to another's judgment and determination
  • To yield to another's opinion; submit in opinion: with to.
  • To delay; put off; postpone to a future time: as, to defer the execution of a design.
  • To cause to wait; remand; put off: applied to persons.
  • To wait; delay; procrastinate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. yield to another's wish or opinion
  • v. hold back to a later time

Etymologies

Middle English differren, to postpone, differ; see differ.
Middle English deferen, from Old French deferer, from Latin dēferre, to carry away, refer to : dē-, de- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • One alternative: defer social security -- it also increases 8% for every year you defer, which is higher than most investments pay.

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  • Although he said he wanted to come back for a final year in 2010, Bowden chose to call it a career after reviewing the parameters the school sought to have him work within next year -- namely defer much of his responsibility to coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher.

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  • Although he said he wanted to come back for a final year in 2010, Bowden chose to call it a career after reviewing the parameters the school sought to have him work within next year - namely defer much of his responsibility to coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher.

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  • At this week's Homeland Security hearing, when FBI Director Mueller was questioned about it by Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), Mueller said he would "defer" to the Justice Department on the issue.

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  • April 30th is effectively the end for Shuttle and just this week, CxP began looking at plans to mostly "defer" the Lunar capabilities on Orion, effectively killing the original purpose of the program.

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  • Recognizing that the U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, the government should not eliminate the current provision that allows companies to "defer" paying a U.S. tax on foreign income until it is brought back into this country.

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