Meaning of “postpone” in the English Dictionary

"postpone" in British English

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postponeverb [ T ]

uk /pəʊstˈpəʊn/ /pəstˈpəʊn/ us /poʊstˈpoʊn/

B1 to delay an event and plan or decide that it should happen at a later date or time:

They decided to postpone their holiday until next year.
[ + -ing verb ] We've had to postpone going to France because the children are ill.

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  • The negotiations have been postponed indefinitely.
  • I was really angry when she asked me to postpone my trip to help her move house.
  • There's no point postponing the event just because the weather forecast is bad.
  • We decided to postpone the party until my parents had returned from America.
  • The exams have been postponed until next month.
noun [ C or U ] uk /pəʊstˈpəʊn.mənt/ /pəstˈpəʊn.mənt/ us /poʊstˈpoʊn.mənt/

We were disappointed by yet another postponement of our trip.

(Definition of “postpone” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"postpone" in American English

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postponeverb [ T ]

us /poʊstˈpoʊn/

to delay an event or arrange for it to take place at a later time:

The trip has been postponed twice.
noun [ C/U ] us /poʊstˈpoʊn·mənt/

[ C/U ] Rain forced (a) postponement of the match.

(Definition of “postpone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"postpone" in Business English

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postponeverb [ T ]

uk /pəʊstˈpəʊn/ us

to decide that an event should happen at a later time than originally planned:

The oil giant said it had postponed a decision on whether to go ahead with the deal.
The meeting was postponed for another week.
postpone sth from/to sth The vote on the merger has been postponed from September 14 and looks unlikely to take place until the end of the year.

Sources say the deal will likely result in the postponement of a shareholder meeting scheduled for Monday.

(Definition of “postpone” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)