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verb [I/T]  us   /dɪˈleɪ/
to cause to be late or to cause to happen at a later time, or to wait before acting: [T] He wants to delay the meeting until Wednesday. [T] The space launch was delayed because of bad weather. [I] Don’t delay in ordering tickets to the show.


noun [C/U]  us   /dɪˈleɪ/
a period when something that might happen does not happen or does not happen quickly enough, or the failure to act quickly: [U] You need to call back without delay. [C] The holiday traffic is likely to cause long delays. [C] Any further delay would threaten the entire project.
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