English Synonyms and Antonyms
To protract is to cause to occupy a longer time than is usual, expected, or desirable. We defer a negotiation which we are slow to enter upon; we protract a negotiation which we are slow to conclude; delay may be used of any stage in the proceedings; we may delay a person as well as an action, but defer and protract are not used of persons. Elongate is not used of actions or abstractions, but only of material objects or extension in space; protract is very rarely used of concrete objects or extension in space; we elongate a line, protract a discussion. Protract has usually an unfavorable sense, implying that the matter referred to is already unduly long, or would be so if longer continued; continue is neutral, applying equally to the desirable or the undesirable. Postpone implies a definite intention to resume, as defer also does, though less decidedly; both are often used with some definite limitation of time; as, to postpone till, until, or to a certain day or hour. One may defer, delay, or postpone a matter intelligently and for good reason; he procrastinates through indolence and irresolution. Compare HINDER.
To protract a speech by verbosity, through an unreasonable time, to, till, or until a late hour.
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postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, shelve, set back, defer, remit, put offverb
hold back to a later time
"let's postpone the exam"
put back, put over, elude, circumvent, set back, turn off, confuse, sidestep, dishearten, remand, give in, remit, parry, dodge, bow, send back, tabulate, accede, flurry, prorogue, hedge, put off, evade, defer, tabularise, table, tabularize, carry over, duck, slacken, shelve, hold over, disconcert, knock back, get across, fudge, submit, skirt
called of is a phrasal verb!
today meeting is being called off by the borad of directors.
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How to use postpone in a sentence?
There was an important reason why we decided to go through with our wedding which is that we had equipped and furnished our apartment completely, and perhaps it could have been inauspicious to postpone the celebration since we don't know when the crisis will end.
When other teams were postponing matches, we were killed and told do n’t be naïve because if you have that many players out do n’t play with your kids, now we postpone the match for all the right reasons, believe me, and we get this reaction but I think it is normal.
Given concerns expressed by Senator Wyden, we're going to postpone tomorrow's hearing and continue our discussion on how best to advance America's trade agenda, including legislation to renew job-creating Trade Promotion Authority.
At the daily press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called the calls desperate and pathetic. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., backed the White House and said that the call to postpone doesnt make sense. I do n’t know what Judge Kavanaugh has to do with any of this.
Do today what you want to postpone until tomorrow.
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- تأجيل, اجلArabic
- ajornar, posposarCatalan, Valencian
- odložit, odročitCzech
- aufschieben, verschiebenGerman
- perecear, posponer, atrasar, aplazar, postergarSpanish
- edasi lükkamaEstonian
- lykätä, siirtääFinnish
- remettre à plus tard, repousser, différer, reporter, ajourner, postposerFrench
- elhalaszt, elnapolHungarian
- menundakan, menundaIndonesian
- uitstellen, verschuiven, achterstellenDutch
- odraczać, odkładać, odłożyć, odroczyćPolish
- откладывать, отсрочить, отсрочивать, отложитьRussian
- uppskjuta, senareläggaSwedish
- వాయిదావేయు, వాయిదాTelugu
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