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Meaning & Definition of Delay in English

English

Delay

/dɪle/

noun

1. Time during which some action is awaited

  • "Instant replay caused too long a delay"
  • "He ordered a hold in the action"
    synonym:
  • delay
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • time lag
  • ,
  • postponement
  • ,
  • wait

2. The act of delaying

  • Inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
    synonym:
  • delay
  • ,
  • holdup

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • delay
  • ,
  • detain
  • ,
  • hold up

2. Act later than planned, scheduled, or required

  • "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
    synonym:
  • delay

3. Stop or halt

  • "Please stay the bloodshed!"
    synonym:
  • stay
  • ,
  • detain
  • ,
  • delay

4. Slow the growth or development of

  • "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
    synonym:
  • check
  • ,
  • retard
  • ,
  • delay

Examples of using

Sorry for the delay.
I apologize for the delay.
Because of the delay, I will go home.