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delay

verb uk   /dɪˈleɪ/ us  
A2 [I or T] to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected: My plane was delayed by an hour. Could we delay the meeting a few days? [+ -ing verb] I think we should delay deciding about this until next year. B1 [T] to cause someone or something to be slow or late: I was delayed by traffic. [I] to not act quickly or immediately: If you delay now, the opportunity might be lost.

delay

noun [C or U] uk   /dɪˈleɪ/ us  
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.
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