1. [ verb ] cause to be slowed down or delayed
Synonyms: hold_up detain

"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather" "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"

Related terms: rush decelerate buy_time stall stonewall catch
2. [ verb ] act later than planned, scheduled, or required

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

Related terms: wait hesitate postpone procrastinate procrastinate
3. [ verb ] stop or halt
Synonyms: stay detain

"Please stay the bloodshed!"

Related terms: check
4. [ noun ] time during which some action is awaited
Synonyms: wait time_lag postponement hold

"instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

Related terms: pause extension moratorium retardation wait check
5. [ noun ] the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
Synonyms: detention holdup
Related terms: inactivity gap dalliance procrastination slowdown filibuster forbearance tarrying postponement demurrage
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 10104
7. [ verb ] slow the growth or development of
Synonyms: check retard

"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

Related terms: change stay dampen retardation
Similar spelling:   Dela