delay  

  • Definition of delay

    • (n): the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time  
    • (n): time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"  
    • (v): slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child''s language development"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"  
    • (v): act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don''t delay your application to graduate school or else it won''t be considered"  

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