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defer
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2 meanings
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1  —as in:
deferred the decision
Definition postpone (hold off until a later time)
  • The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She deferred college until after serving in the military.
  • deferred = postponed or delayed
  • The IRA permits investment earnings to grow tax-deferred until retirement.
  • Can we defer any of December's work to save on this year's taxes?
  • She asked to defer cross-examination until the morning.
  • Punishment might be deferred . . . but never escaped.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • deferred = postponed
  • I might not even go to school anyway. I might defer and join the Peace Corps and...
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • defer = postpone
  • Sophi felt she was only deferring the problem.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • deferring = postponing
  • It had taken all of Melanie's diplomacy to persuade them to defer their decision.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • defer = postpone (put off until the future)
  • ...the professor also advised him to defer advanced science courses and concentrate for now on his English.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
defer = postpone

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2  —as in:
deferred to her wishes
Definition submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
  • I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He almost always defers to her wishes about which movie to see.
  • defers = submits or yields
  • I must defer to my father. He was there.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • defer = submit or yield to another's opinion
  • We are obsessed with youth and defer to its tastes, and the language shows that.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • defer = submit (our judgment to its)
  • He deferred to Prof but rarely to anybody else.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • deferred = yielded (to accept Prof's opinions over his own)
  • the rest of us have to defer to his knowledge
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • defer = submit or yield
  • The boy defers to his father.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • defers = submits
  • 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
  • deferred = postponed
  • 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
  • defer = yield her opinions in favor of those of others
  • "I defer to you," Attolia said, subdued.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
defer = submit or yield

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Less commonly:
More rarely, defer can be used to indicate showing respect or deference; as when Dickens wrote in Bleak House: "They know him there and defer to him."
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