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.
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]