Synonyms of delay


1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait, pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension

usage: time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"

2. delay, holdup, inactivity

usage: the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time


1. delay, detain, hold up, decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard

usage: 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"

2. delay, wait, hold off, hold back

usage: act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

3. stay, detain, delay, check, retard, delay

usage: stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"

4. check, retard, delay, change, alter, modify

usage: slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

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Definition and meaning of delay (Dictionary)