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English definition of “defer to sb/sth”

defer to sb/sth

formal
verb [T] uk phrasal verb with defer   /dɪˈfɜːr/ us    /-ˈfɝː/ (-rr-)
to allow someone or something to make decisions for you or tell you what to do because of your respect for them or because of their higher rank, authority, knowledge, etc.: I have to defer to my boss on important decisions. I defer to (= accept) your judgment.Showing respect and admirationAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
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