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defer
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Jane Eyre
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as in: deferred the decision Define
postpone (hold off until a later time)
  • He deferred his departure a whole week,

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  • The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
  • She deferred college until after serving in the military.

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unspecified meaning
  • Vain favour! coming, like most other favours long deferred and often wished for, too late!
  • The afternoon was wet: a walk the party had proposed to take to see a gipsy camp, lately pitched on a common beyond Hay, was consequently deferred.

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  • "I know she had a particular wish to see me," I added, "and I would not defer attending to her desire longer than is absolutely necessary."
  • I hated the business, I begged leave to defer it: no — it should be gone through with now.
  • It required some courage to disturb so interesting a party; my errand, however, was one I could not defer, so I approached the master where he stood at Miss Ingram’s side.
  • And then, to my great relief, Mr. Henry Lynn summoned them to the other side of the room, to settle some point about the deferred excursion to Hay Common.
  • I asked, knowing, of course, what the answer would be, but yet desirous of deferring the direct question as to where he really was.
  • Jane, you don’t like my narrative; you look almost sick — shall I defer the rest to another day?"

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as in: deferred the decision Define
postpone (hold off until a later time)
as in: deferred to her wishes Define
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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