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English definition of “delay”

delay

noun [C or U]     /dɪˈleɪ/
A2 the situation in which you have to wait longer than expected for something to happen, or the time that you have to wait: This situation needs to be tackled without delay. Long delays are predicted on the motorway because of the accident. There has been a delay in the book's publication.Delaying and wasting time
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