Meaning of “defer to sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"defer to sb/sth" in British English

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defer to sb/sth

formal
phrasal verb with defer uk /dɪˈfɜːr/ us /dɪˈfɝː/ verb [ T ] -rr-

(Definition of “defer to sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defer to sb/sth " in Business English

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defer to sb/sth

formal
phrasal verb with defer uk /dɪˈfɜːr/ us verb [ T ] -rr-

to allow another person or organization to make decisions for you because you respect them, or because of their higher rank, 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 private developers to handle warehousing and distribution projects, because this is not the area of their expertise.

(Definition of “defer to sb/sth ” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)