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delayverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈleɪ/
to ​cause to be late or to ​cause to ​happen at a ​latertime, or to ​wait before ​acting: [T] He ​wants to delay the ​meeting until ​Wednesday. [T] The ​spacelaunch was delayed because of ​badweather. [I] Don’t delay in ​orderingtickets to the show.

delaynoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈleɪ/
a ​period when something that might ​happen does not ​happen or does not ​happenquickly enough, or the ​failure to ​actquickly: [U] You need to ​call back without delay. [C] The ​holidaytraffic is ​likely to ​causelong delays. [C] Any ​further delay would ​threaten the ​entireproject.
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delayverb

uk   /dɪˈleɪ/  us   /dɪˈleɪ/
A2 [I or T] to make something ​happen at a ​latertime than ​originallyplanned 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 ​actquickly 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 ​waitlonger than ​expected for something to ​happen, or the ​time that you have to ​wait: This ​situationneeds 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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