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English definition of “delay”

delay

verb     /dɪˈleɪ/
A2 [I or T] to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected: My plane was delayed by an hour. Could we delay the meeting a few days? [+ -ing verb] I think we should delay deciding about this until next year.Delaying and wasting time B1 [T] to cause someone or something to be slow or late: I was delayed by traffic.Delaying and wasting time [I] to not act quickly or immediately: If you delay now, the opportunity might be lost.Delaying and wasting time
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