Delay - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈleɪ|  American pronunciation of the word delay
Brit.  |dɪˈleɪ|  British pronunciation of the word delay


- time during which some action is awaited (syn: hold, postponement, wait)
instant replay caused too long a delay
- the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time (syn: holdup)


- cause to be slowed down or delayed (syn: detain, hold up)
Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
- act later than planned, scheduled, or required
Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered
- stop or halt (syn: detain, stay)
- slow the growth or development of (syn: check, retard)

Extra examples

Do you know what's causing the delay?

After months of delay, construction on the new school began.

Airline travelers are experiencing delays of up to three hours.

The doctor wants to delay surgery for a few weeks.

She's planning to delay her retirement.

He delayed too long, and now it's too late.

“Don't delay! Sale ends Saturday.”

Production problems delayed the introduction of the new model by several months.

We delayed sending the telegram.

He delayed my calling the police.

She apologized for the delay in answering my letter.

Sorry for the delay, Mr Weaver.

Why was there a delay in warning the public?

Long delays are expected on the motorways.

They must restore normal services without delay.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: delay
he/she/it: delays
present participle: delaying
past tense: delayed
past participle: delayed
singular: delay
plural: delays
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