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defer
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Gone with the Wind
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as in: deferred the decision Define
postpone (hold off until a later time)
  • It had taken all of Melanie’s diplomacy to persuade them to defer their decision.

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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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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)
  • Here, excitement never entered in, voices were never raised, everyone deferred gently to the opinions of others...

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  • I defer to her expertise.
  • He almost always defers to her wishes about which movie to see.

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unspecified meaning
  • This crushing news brought by Will, coming on top of a year of back-breaking work and hope deferred, was the last straw.

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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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