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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·lay, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed p. pr. & vb. n. Delaying.]
 1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.
    My lord delayeth his coming.   --Matt. xxiv. 48.
 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.