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defer

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈfɜːr/  us   /-ˈfɝː/ (-rr-)
to delay something until a later time: My bank has agreed to defer the repayments on my loan. [+ -ing verb] Can we defer making a decision until next week?
Synonym
deferment
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-mənt/ (also deferral, uk   /dɪˈfɜː.rəl/ /-ˈfɝː.əl/ us   )
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Translations of “defer”
in Vietnamese trì hoãn…
in Spanish posponer, diferir…
in Thai ยืดเวลา…
in Malaysian tangguh…
in French différer…
in German verschieben…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使延期,使延緩,推遲…
in Indonesian menunda…
in Russian отсрочивать…
in Turkish tehir etmek, ertelemek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使延期,使延缓,推迟…
in Polish odkładać, odraczać…
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