Meaning of “delay” - Learner’s Dictionary

delay

verb uk us /dɪˈleɪ/
CHANGE TIME [ I, T ]

A2 to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected:

Can you delay your departure until next week?
MAKE LATE [ T ]

B1 to cause someone or something to be slow or late:

[ often passive ] I was delayed by traffic.

(Definition of “delay verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)