To put off until a later time; to distract.
To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
To hinder is to keep from action, progress, motion, or growth, or to make such action, progress, motion, or growth later in beginning or completion than it would otherwise have been. An action is prevented by anything that comes in before it to make it impossible; it is hindered by anything that keeps it from either beginning or ending so soon as it otherwise would, or as expected or intended. It is more common, however, to say that the start is delayed, the progress hindered. An action that is hindered does not take place at the appointed or appropriate time; that which is prevented does not take place at all; to hinder a thing long enough may amount to preventing it. A railroad-train may be hindered by a snow-storm from arriving on time; it may by special order be prevented from starting. To retard is simply to make slow by any means whatever. To obstruct is to hinder, or possibly to prevent advance or passage by putting something in the way; to oppose or resist is to hinder, or possibly to prevent by directly contrary or hostile action, resist being the stronger term and having more suggestion of physical force; obstructed roads hinder the march of an enemy, tho there may be no force strong enough to oppose it; one opposes a measure, a motion, an amendment, or the like; it is a criminal offense to resist an officer in the discharge of his duty; the physical system may resist the attack of disease or the action of a remedy. Compare CONQUER; IMPEDIMENT; OBSTRUCT.
See synonyms for QUICKEN.
Hinder one in his progress; from acting promptly; by opposition.
delay, hold, time lag, postponement, waitnoun
time during which some action is awaited
"instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
clutch, grip, storage area, keep, holdup, detainment, deferral, handle, hold, appreciation, handgrip, wait, cargo area, detention, postponement, waiting, custody, clasp, cargo deck, clench, clutches, grasp, time lag, deferment, cargo hold
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
delay, detain, hold upverb
cause to be slowed down or delayed
"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"
stay, detain, delayverb
stop or halt
"Please stay the bloodshed!"
check, retard, delayverb
slow the growth or development of
"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
checker, check, slow up, slow down, moderate, mark, slow, watch, look into, crack, check up on, arrest, go over, tick off, match, tick, fit, hold back, stop, ascertain, determine, assure, find out, agree, turn back, stay, check into, train, break, control, check off, check out, learn, curb, hold up, hold, see to it, see, chequer, discipline, mark off, tally, ensure, decelerate, hold in, suss out, detain, contain, check over, jibe, condition, retard, correspond, insure, gibe
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words
List of paraphrases for "delay":
delays, postpone, delaying, retardation, postponement, delayed, backlog, late, backwardness, deadline, defer, lag, lateness, procrastination, tardiness, demora, retard, ado, postponed, time-limit, period, slippage, postpones, overdue, behind, timeframe, deferral, time, wait
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How to use delay in a sentence?
The current oil price has indeed put pressure on the project, but we do not believe this low price is sustainable. We do not see a major delay to the project as a result of the oil price, our biggest issue is getting the pipeline finalised.
We fear that President Obama has now set a dangerous precedent where political considerations can now thwart or delay every single infrastructure project moving forward.
As soon as I finished the porridge, I would head straight to the room where the prison warden gave us the drugs. A slight delay or failure meant a thorough beating with the cane, we would then sit and wait for lunch, sit and wait for dinner, then sleep.
It's very political, and it could really shift very quickly, and again, that's the kind of thing that leads companies to delay their investment decisions.
I'm hopeful Chris Christie will do the right thing and sign these bills without delay, we must stop the bleeding... these initiatives should be a catalyst that drives hundreds of millions of new investment to Atlantic City.
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- سوف, تأخير, تأخرArabic
- отлагане, отлагам, забавям, забавяне, закъснениеBulgarian
- Verzögerung, etwas [[verschieben]], sich [[verspäten]]German
- retraso, demora, demorar, retrasarSpanish
- دیرکرد, درنگPersian
- siirtää, viivästys, viivyttää, viivästyttääFinnish
- retard, délai, retarderFrench
- dàilScottish Gaelic
- לעכב, איחורHebrew
- देर, विलंबHindi
- 遅延, 遅れ, 遅らせるJapanese
- دوای ئهخات, دواخستن, پاشخستنKurdish
- akutōtanga, whakaakutōMāori
- uitstellen, vertragingDutch
- demorar, atraso, demora, mora, atrasarPortuguese
- întârzia, întârziere, amânaRomanian
- промедление, отложи́ть, заде́рживать, задержка, опоздание, откла́дывать, задержа́тьRussian
- skjuta upp, förseningSwedish
- ertelemek, gecikme, rötarTurkish
- hoãn, trì hoãnVietnamese
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