Meaning of defer

de•fer

Pronunciation: (di-fûr'), [key]
— v., -ferred, -fer•ring.
—v.t.
  1. to put off (action, consideration, etc.) to a future time: The decision has been deferred by the board until next week.
  2. to exempt temporarily from induction into military service.
—v.i.
  1. to put off action; delay.

de•fer

Pronunciation: (di-fûr'), [key]
— v., -ferred, -fer•ring.
—v.i.
  1. to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion (usually fol. by to): We all defer to him in these matters.
—v.t.
  1. to submit for decision; refer: We defer questions of this kind to the president.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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