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delay Explained

delay at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


delay at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1275, from O.Fr. delaier, from de- "away, from" + laier "leave, let," probably a variant of L. laissier, from L. laxare "slacken, undo." ///

delay at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W3S2 n
1 [C ] when someone or something has to wait, or the length of the waiting time: --Sorry for the delay, Mr Weaver.// delay in// --Why was there a delay in warning the public?// delay of// --a delay of about an hour// long/considerable/slight etc delay // --Long delays are expected on the motorways.//
2 [U] when something does not happen or start when it should do: without delay// --They must restore normal services without delay.// --There can be no excuse for any further delay .//
delay 2 S3 v [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: delaier, from laier 'to leave']//
1 [I and T] to wait until a later time to do something: --Don't delay - send off for the information now.// --He delayed his decision on whether to call an election.// delay sth until sth// --The opening of this section of the road is delayed until September.// delay sth for sth// --Our meeting was delayed for ten minutes.// delay doing sth// --Big companies often delay paying their bills.//
2 [T] to make someone or something late: seriously/badly/slightly etc delayed // --The flight was badly delayed because of fog.// -- delayed adj //

delay at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

268 Moby Thesaurus words for "delay":
abide, adjourn, afterthought, arrest, arrestation, arrestment,
await, backpedal, backwater, be a sideliner, be still, bide,
bide the issue, bind, block, blockage, blocking, bog down,
bottle up, brake, bureaucratic delay, check, clip the wings,
clogging, closing up, closure, coast, confine, constriction,
continue, countercheck, cramp, curb, dally, dam up, damp, dampen,
dawdle, dawdling, decelerate, deceleration, defer, deferment,
deferral, delayage, delayed reaction, detain, detainment,
detention, dilly, dillydally, do nothing, double take, drag,
drag along, drag out, dragging, draw rein, drift, drone, ease off,
ease up, ease-off, ease-up, extend, falter, fixation, flag,
flagging, foot-dragging, gap, goof off, halt, hampering,
hang about, hang around, hang back, hang fire, hang up, hang-up,
hesitate, hiatus, hibernate, hinder, hindering, hindrance,
hold back, hold everything, hold in check, hold off, hold on,
hold over, hold up, hold your horses, hold-up, holdback, holdup,
idle, impede, impediment, inhibit, inhibition, interference,
interim, interlude, intermeddle, intermit, interrupt, interruption,
interval, intervene, jam, keep, keep back, keep in check, lacuna,
lag, lag behind, lagging, lay aside, lay away, lay by, lay over,
let, let down, let up, letdown, letup, lie dormant, linger, logjam,
loiter, loitering, lollygag, lose ground, lose momentum,
lose speed, lull, make late, mark time, meddle, minus acceleration,
mire, moderate, moratorium, mull, negativism, not budge, not stir,
nuisance value, obstruct, obstruction, obstructionism, occlusion,
oppose, opposition, paperasserie, pause, pigeonhole, poke,
poke along, postpone, postponement, procrastinate, prolong,
prorogate, prorogue, protract, push aside, put aside, put away,
put in mothballs, put off, put on ice, recess, red tape,
red-tapeism, red-tapery, reef, rein in, relax, repress, repression,
reprieve, reserve, resist, resistance, respite, rest, restrain,
restraint, restriction, retard, retardance, retardation,
retardment, scotch, set aside, set back, set by, setback, shelve,
shift off, shilly-shally, shilly-shallying, sideline, sit back,
sit it out, sit tight, sit up, slack off, slack up, slack-up,
slacken, slackening, sleep on, slow, slow down, slow up, slow-up,
slowdown, slowing, slowing down, slowness, slowup, snub, squeeze,
stagnate, stall, stand over, stave off, stay, stay of execution,
stay up, stick around, stop, stoppage, store, stow, stranglehold,
stretch out, stricture, suppress, suppression, suspend, suspension,
table, table the motion, take a recess, take in sail, take time,
tarry, tarrying, temporize, throttle down, tie-up, time lag, trail,
vacillate, vegetate, wait, wait a minute, wait and see, waiting,
waive, waste time, watch and wait, waver

delay at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Long duration): , a long time, a length of time, an age, a century, an eternity, perpetuity, durability, persistence, endlessness, permanence, stability, survival, longevity, age, delay, lateness.

[N] (Lateness): lateness, tardiness, slowness, delay, procrastination, deferring, deferral, postponement, adjournment, retardation, respite, pause, reprieve, protraction, prolongation

[V] (Lateness): be late, tarry, wait, stay, bide, take time, dawdle, be inactive, linger, loiter, bide one's time, take one's time, put off, defer, delay, waive, retard, postpone, adjourn, procrastinate, dally, prolong, protract, draw out, temporize.

[ADJ] (Lateness): late, tardy, slow, behind, belated, posthumous, backward, unpunctual, untimely, delayed, postponed, dilatory, slow, delayed, in abeyance.

[N] (Lateness): lateness, tardiness, slowness, delay, procrastination, deferring, deferral, postponement, adjournment, retardation, respite, pause, reprieve, protraction, prolongation.

[V] (Lateness): be late, tarry, wait, stay, bide, take time, dawdle, be inactive, linger, loiter, bide one's time, take one's time, put off, defer, delay, waive, retard, postpone, adjourn, procrastinate, dally, prolong, protract, draw out, temporize.

[ADJ] (Lateness): late, tardy, slow, behind, belated, posthumous, backward, unpunctual, untimely, delayed, postponed, dilatory, slow, delayed, in abeyance.

[N] (Slowness): slowness, languor, lethargy, inactivity, crawl, creeping, slackening, delay, lateness, dawdling, lingering, loitering.

[N] (Inactivity): inactivity, inaction, inertness, obstinacy, lull, cessation, quiescence, idleness, laziness, sloth, indolence, dawdling, languor, sluggishness, slowness, procrastination, delay, torpor, stupor, insensibility, somnolence, drowsiness, lethargy.

delay at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
1 [C] a period of time when sb/sth has to wait because of a problem that makes sth slow or late:
Commuters will face long delays on the roads today. * We apologize for the delay in answering your letter. * a delay of two hours / a two-hour delay * Increased congestion and traffic delays are expected.
2 [C, U] a situation in which sth does not happen when it should; the act of delaying:
There's no time for delay. * Report it to the police without delay (= immediately).
1 to not do sth until a later time or to make sth happen at a later time:
[VN] The judge will delay his verdict until he receives medical reports on the offender. * She's suffering a delayed reaction (= a reaction that did not happen immediately) to the shock. * [V -ing] He delayed telling her the news, waiting for the right moment. * [V] Don't delay-call us today! * We can't delay much longer.
2 [VN] to make sb late or force them to do sth more slowly:
Thousands of commuters were delayed for over an hour. * The government is accused of using delaying tactics (= deliberately doing sth to delay a process, decision, etc.). * What could have delayed him?

DELAY at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

cause death
6 [VN] (written) (of a disaster, an accident, etc.) to cause sb's death:
The car crash claimed three lives.
claim sth<->back to ask or demand to have sth returned because you have a right to it:
You can claim back the tax on your purchases.
saying sth is true
1 [C] ~ (that ...) a statement that sth is true although it has not been proved and other people may not agree with or believe it:
The singer has denied the magazine

Delay at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Delay \De*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Delaying}.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun d['e]lai, or
directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put
off. See {Delay}, n., and cf. {Delate}, 1st {Defer},
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the
time of or before.

My lord delayeth his coming. --Matt. xxiv.

2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to
retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is
delayed by a heavy fall of snow.

Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed The
huddling brook to hear his madrigal. --Milton.

3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]

The watery showers delay the raging wind. --Surrey.

Delay \De*lay"\, v. i.
To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.

There seem to be certain bounds to the quickness and
slowness of the succession of those ideas, . . . beyond
which they can neither delay nor hasten. --Locke.

Delay \De*lay"\, n.; pl. {Delays}. [F. d['e]lai, fr. OF. deleer
to delay, or fr. L. dilatum, which, though really from a
different root, is used in Latin only as a p. p. neut. of
differre to carry apart, defer, delay. See {Tolerate}, and
cf. {Differ}, {Delay}, v.]
A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering
inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.

Without any delay, on the morrow I sat on the judgment
seat. --Acts xxv.

The government ought to be settled without the delay of
a day. --Macaulay.

delay at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay
caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the
action" [syn: {hold}, {time lag}, {postponement}, {wait}]
2: the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being
put off until a later time [syn: {holdup}]
v 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" [syn: {detain}, {hold up}] [ant: {rush}]
2: act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay
your application to graduate school or else it won't be
3: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!" [syn: {stay}, {detain}]
4: slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will
retard the child's language development" [syn: {check}, {retard}]

delay at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a

Etymology 1

From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » delaien||lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » xno Inter: term » delaier||lang=xno, Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » deslaier||lang=fro, from Inter: term » des-|lang=fro + Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » laier||to leave|lang=fro, a conflation of Old Inter: etyl » frk Inter: recons » latjan|latjan|lang=frk Inter: gloss » "to delay, hinder"; from {{etyl|gem-pro|en Inter: recons » latjanan||to delay, hinder, stall|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » le(i)d-||to leave, leave behind|lang=ine-pro}}, and Old Inter: etyl » frk Inter: recons » laibjan|laibjan|lang=frk Inter: gloss » "to leave"; from {{etyl|gem-pro|en Inter: recons » laibijanan||to leave, cause to stay|lang=gem-pro, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » leip-||to remain, continue|lang=ine-pro}}. Akin to Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » latian||to delay, hesitate|lang=ang, Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » latu||a delay, a hindrance|lang=ang, Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » læfan|lǣfan|to leave|sc=Latinx|lang=ang. More at let (to hinder), late, leave.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /dɪˈleɪ/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-delay.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » eɪ


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • To put off until a later time; to distract.
    1. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.
      Usage notes
      * This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See Category: Appendix:English catenative verbs -
      * See also Category: Wikisaurus:hinder -

  • adjourn
  • defer
  • forslow
  • postpone
  • put off
  • put on ice
  • suspend
    Inter: trans-top » put off until a later time
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|سوف|tr=sáwwafa
  • Aromanian: Inter: t- » rup|amãn, Inter: t- » rup|ntãrdedz
  • Bulgarian: отлагам, забавям
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|遲延|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|迟延|tr=chíyán|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|延遲|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|延迟|tr=yánchí|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|耽誤|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|耽误|tr=dānwu|sc=Hani
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|uitstellen
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|viivyttää, Inter: t- » fi|viivästyttää, Inter: t+ » fi|siirtää
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|retarder
  • German: (sich) verspäten, (etwas) verschieben
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|לעכב|tr=le'akev|sc=Hebr
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|遅らせる|tr=おくらせる, okuraseru, Inter: t+ » ja|遅延|alt=遅延させる|tr=ちえんさせる, chien-saseru
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » دوای ئه‌خات

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|tangguhkan
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|درنگ|tr=drang, Inter: t+ » fa|دیرکرد|tr=dirkard
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|atrasar
    • Quechua: Inter: t- » qu|apatatay
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|întârzia, Inter: t- » ro|amâna
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|откладывать|tr=otkládyvat’ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|отложить|tr=otložít’ Inter: pf » ., Inter: qualifier » impf Inter: t+ » ru|задерживать|tr=zadérživat’ Inter: qualifier » pf Inter: t+ » ru|задержать|tr=zaderžát'
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|retrasar, Inter: t+ » es|demorar
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|skjuta upp
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|ertelemek, Inter: t+ » tr|rötar
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|hoãn, Inter: t+ » vi|trì hoãn

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • previously unexpected period of time before an event occurs; the act of delaying.
    Inter: trans-top » previously unexpected period of time
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|تأخير|m|tr=ta'khiir, Inter: t- » ar|تأخر|m|tr=ta'ákhkhar
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|отлагане|n, Inter: t+ » bg|забавяне|n, Inter: t+ » bg|закъснение|n
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|遲延|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|迟延|tr=chíyán|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|延遲|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|延迟|tr=yánchí|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|zpoždění|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|vertraging|f
    • Finnish: viivästys
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|délai|m, Inter: t+ » fr|retard|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Verzögerung|f
    • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|איחור|m|tr=ikhúr|sc=Hebr
    • Hindi: Inter: t+ » hi|देर|f|tr=der|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » hi|विलंब|m|tr=vilamb|sc=Deva
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|töf|f
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|faillí|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|遅れ|tr=おくれ, okure|sc=Jpan, Inter: t+ » ja|遅延|tr=ちえん, chien
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » دواخستن, Inter: ku-Arab » پاشخستن
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|atraso
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|întârziere|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|задержка|f|tr=zadéržka, Inter: t+ » ru|промедление|n|tr=promedlénije|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|опоздание|n|tr=opazdánije|sc=Cyrl
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|dàil|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|retraso, Inter: t+ » es|demora|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|försening|c
  • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|ఆలస్యము
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|gecikme
  • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|دیر|f|tr=der|sc=ur-Arab

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 2

    From Inter: etyl » frm Inter: term » délayer, ultimately from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » dis- + Inter: term » ligare|ligāre.


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: obsolet » e To dilute, temper.
    1. Inter: obsolet » e To assuage, quench, allay.
    2. 1590, Inter: w » Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
    3. : Those dreadfull flames she also found delayd / And quenched quite like a consumed torch ….

      External links

      * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3

  • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1


    * dealy
  • ladye

  • Category: ang:delay -
    Translation: ar » delay
    Translation: cs » delay
    Translation: de » delay
    Translation: et » delay
    Translation: el » delay
    Translation: es » delay
    Translation: eo » delay
    Translation: fr » delay
    Translation: ko » delay
    Translation: io » delay
    Translation: zu » delay
    Translation: it » delay
    Translation: kn » delay
    Translation: sw » delay
    Translation: ku » delay
    Translation: li » delay
    Translation: hu » delay
    Translation: mg » delay
    Translation: ml » delay
    Translation: my » delay
    Translation: nl » delay
    Translation: ja » delay
    Translation: pl » delay
    Translation: ru » delay
    Translation: sm » delay
    Category: simple:delay -
    Translation: fi » delay
    Translation: sv » delay
    Translation: ta » delay
    Translation: te » delay
    Translation: tr » delay
    Translation: vi » delay
    Translation: zh » delay