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defer to sb/sth

formal
phrasal verb with defer uk   /dɪˈfɜːr/  us   /-ˈfɝː/ verb [T] (-rr-)
to allow someone or something to make decisions for you or tell you what to do because of your respect for them or because of their higher rank, authority, knowledge, etc.: I have to defer to my boss on important decisions. I defer to (= accept) your judgment.
Translations of “defer to sb/sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 聽從,順從,遵從…
in Chinese (Simplified) 听从,顺从,遵从…
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