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1. delay

verb. ['dɪˈleɪ'] cause to be slowed down or delayed.

Synonyms

  • detain
  • slow down
  • slow up
  • retard
  • buy time
  • catch
  • stonewall
  • stall
  • decelerate
  • hold up

Antonyms

  • accelerate
  • stay
  • unify
  • keep

Etymology

  • delaien (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • delaier (Anglo-Norman)
  • délayer (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

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Rhymes with Delay

  • waga
  • compusa
  • communique
  • yakutakay
  • redisplay
  • papier-mache
  • l'espalier
  • cluj
  • cabriolet
  • underplay
  • societe
  • san-jose
  • naivete
  • mcgarvey
  • jonbenet
  • intraday
  • dunlavey
  • chevrolet
  • buga
  • aaa
  • zepa
  • underway
  • underpay
  • santa-fe
  • portray
  • pinochet
  • overstay
  • overplay
  • monterrey
  • meservey

Sentences with delay


1. Verb, base form
There are, however, many issues that may delay the showing of a home.

2. Noun, singular or mass
In 2014, the law was changed to require a three-year delay before posting death records.

Quotes about delay


1. Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
- Simone de Beauvoir

2. And thus, the actions of life often not allowing any delay, it is a truth very certain that, when it is not in our power to determine the most true opinions we ought to follow the most probable.
- René Descartes, Discourse on Method

3. The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.
- Brian Tracy

2. delay

verb. ['dɪˈleɪ'] act later than planned, scheduled, or required.

Synonyms

  • drag one's feet
  • hold off
  • hold back
  • put over
  • hesitate
  • table
  • hold over
  • drag one's heels
  • shillyshally
  • dilly-dally
  • put off
  • defer
  • prorogue
  • shelve
  • pause
  • procrastinate
  • wait
  • set back
  • remit
  • postpone
  • stall

Antonyms

  • validate
  • continue
  • conform to
  • increase

Etymology

  • delaien (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • delaier (Anglo-Norman)
  • délayer (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

3. delay

verb. ['dɪˈleɪ'] stop or halt.

Synonyms

  • retard
  • check
  • stay

Antonyms

  • explode
  • begin
  • promote
  • repair

Etymology

  • delaien (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • delaier (Anglo-Norman)
  • délayer (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

4. delay

noun. ['dɪˈleɪ'] the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time.

Synonyms

  • lingering
  • filibuster
  • gap
  • disruption
  • lag
  • deferral
  • cunctation
  • dalliance
  • trifling
  • retardation
  • dawdling
  • demurrage
  • deferment
  • interruption
  • procrastination
  • shillyshally
  • postponement
  • tarriance
  • inactivity
  • forbearance
  • slowdown
  • break

Antonyms

  • close
  • order
  • free
  • precede

Etymology

  • delaien (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • delaier (Anglo-Norman)
  • délayer (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

5. delay

noun. ['dɪˈleɪ'] time during which some action is awaited.

Synonyms

  • time lag
  • extension
  • postponement
  • retardation
  • moratorium
  • break
  • suspension
  • pause
  • intermission
  • hold
  • wait

Antonyms

  • valuable
  • intelligence
  • acceleration
  • action

Etymology

  • delaien (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • delaier (Anglo-Norman)
  • délayer (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

6. delay

verb. ['dɪˈleɪ'] slow the growth or development of.

Synonyms

  • retard
  • check
  • alter
  • modify
  • change
  • dampen
  • stay

Antonyms

  • impatience
  • ill nature
  • keep quiet
  • function

Etymology

  • delaien (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • delaier (Anglo-Norman)
  • délayer (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
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