De·fer, v. i. To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
Pius was able to defer and temporize at leisure. --J. A. Symonds.
De·fer v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deferred p. pr. & vb. n. Deferring.] To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.
Defer the spoil of the city until night. --Shak.
God . . . will not long defer
To vindicate the glory of his name. --Milton.
De·fer, v. t.
1. To render or offer. [Obs.]
Worship deferred to the Virgin. --Brevint.
2. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to.
Hereupon the commissioners . . . deferred the matter to the Earl of Northumberland. --Bacon.
De·fer, v. i. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
The house, deferring to legal right, acquiesced. --Bancroft.
v 1: hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam" [syn: postpone,
prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve,
set back, remit, put off]
2: submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; "The
government bowed to the military pressure" [syn: submit,
bow, accede, give in]
[also: deferring, deferred]