Definition of “delay” - English Dictionary

“delay” in British English

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uk /dɪˈleɪ/ us /dɪˈleɪ/

A2 [ I or T ] to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected:

My plane was delayed by an hour.
Heavy snow delayed the start of the game.
[ + -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.

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delaynoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈleɪ/ us /dɪˈleɪ/

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

“delay” in American English

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delayverb [ I/T ]

us /dɪˈleɪ/

to cause to be late or to cause to happen at a later time, or to wait before acting:

[ T ] He wants to delay the meeting until Wednesday.
[ T ] The space launch was delayed because of bad weather.
[ I ] Don’t delay in ordering tickets to the show.

delaynoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈleɪ/

a period when something that might happen does not happen or does not happen quickly enough, or the failure to act quickly:

[ U ] You need to call back without delay.
[ C ] The holiday traffic is likely to cause long delays.
[ C ] Any further delay would threaten the entire project.

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