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defer -- as in: deferred to her wishes
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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)
  • I defer to her expertise.
  • He almost always defers to her wishes about which movie to see.
  • His whole body danced and shook, and the class deferred to his assumption of an inalienable right to the microphone.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • the rest of us have to defer to his knowledge
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire

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  • Tom deferred that much to the sensibilities of...
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • but it was impossible to defer the journey to Moscow any longer.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Often he defers to their words,
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • ...she deferred to anything her doctors said.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • I silently deferred to his experience.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I had made a pledge to myself to defer to Jai and honor her wishes.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture

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  • Deferring to his slaves’ opinions did not deprive him of authority or power.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • The boy defers to his father.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • every one immediately connected with him always deferred to his taste in such matters.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • There was so much to be done ... that Fritz, who had hoped to set out on his solitary expedition that day, deferred it until the next;
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "The General, ah, defers to General Hill’s judgment, I believe."
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • deferring to a father’s will
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • I respectfully deferred to his opinion.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • And the Fremen defer to him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He often does go easy and holds off, not out of laziness or lightness of mind but following my lead, deferring to me.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • ...she began to treat me more like an equal and to defer to me in other things than reading
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • I must defer to your judgment.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • ...he actually defers to Cedric’s knowledge.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But why the girls would have a Baggy of oregano in their room was un misterio she deferred to her mistress to solve.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • She ... was the first educated woman in a valley of three thousand people. She didn’t defer to anyone,
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I must defer to my father. He was there.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • When it came to matters of Durgrimst Ingeitum, I would defer to you, but in all else, you would have no hold over me.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • John Grady would likely defer to his judgment.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • A central committee was elected. At first, they tried to enlist Minerva, but she deferred to Manolo, who became our president.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • ...he dare not defer it for a moment,
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • ...he then defers to Miss Flite ... and at some length, she performs the courtly ceremony of presentation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I am in the habit of deferring to Jane in most matters of this sort,
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • I do not mean to say that she was submissive—that she deferred, in her judgements, to his.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • "Mama says... That’s why we’re supposed to defer to our husbands."
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • You defer to the fact.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • Marie did most of the talking, Bourne deferring, client to adviser.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She deferred to her husband,
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Now I deferred, unwilling to be put in the spot of defending my country while trapped in an Iranian parlor.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • To be servile to none, to defer to none, not to any tyrant known or unknown,
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • He deferred to Klara in a number of ways,
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He deferred to Prof but rarely to anybody else.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • where kings, princes and pretenders deferred to his wisdom
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I will defer to the judgment of this council.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • We are obsessed with youth and defer to its tastes, and the language shows that.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • a woman unaccustomed to defer to the superior rights of
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "I defer to you," Attolia said, subdued.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • the young wives would gather here in her house to defer to her judgment,
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • ...he was clearly out of their league. He’d deferred to them.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • would be better for him to defer to people who were more knowing than himself.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • becomes him to feel all confidence in himself, and to defer never to the popular cry.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • "Look to it all yourself now, father," his son
    deferred at once. "You are the best on earth,
    they say, when it comes to mapping tactics.
    No one, no mortal man, can touch you there.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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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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