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defer to sb/sth

formal
phrasal verb with defer uk   /dɪˈfɜːr/  us   /-ˈfɝː/ verb [T] (-rr-)
to ​allow someone or something to make ​decisions for you or ​tell you what to do because of ​yourrespect for them or because of ​theirhigherrank, ​authority, ​knowledge, etc.: I have to ​defer to my ​boss onimportantdecisions. I ​defer to (= ​accept)yourjudgment.
(Definition of defer to sb/sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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defer to sb/sth

formal
phrasal verb with defer uk   us   /dɪˈfɜːr/ verb [T] (-rr-)
to ​allow another ​person or ​organization to make decisions for you because you ​respect them, or because of their ​higherrank, greater ​knowledge, etc.: For this ​type of decision, I usually ​defer to my ​boss. In the last few ​years, the ​authority mostly has ​deferred to ​privatedevelopers to ​handlewarehousing and ​distributionprojects, because this is not the ​area of their ​expertise.
(Definition of defer to sb/sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “defer to sb/sth”
in Chinese (Simplified) 听从,顺从,遵从…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聽從,順從,遵從…
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