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delay (v.)

c. 1300, delaien, "to put off, postpone;" late 14c., "to put off or hinder for a time," from Old French delaiier, from de- "away, from" (see de-) + laier "leave, let." This is perhaps a variant of Old French laissier, from Latin laxare "slacken, undo" (see lax). But Watkins has it from Frankish *laibjan, from a Proto-Germanic causative form of PIE root *leip- "to stick, adhere." Intransitive sense of "linger, move slowly" is from c. 1500. Related: Delayed; delaying.

delay (n.)

mid-13c., delaie, "a putting off, a deferring," from Old French delaie, from delaiier (see delay (v.)).

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Definitions of delay
1
delay (v.)
cause to be slowed down or delayed;
she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
Synonyms: detain / hold up
delay (v.)
act later than planned, scheduled, or required;
Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered
delay (v.)
stop or halt;
Synonyms: stay / detain
delay (v.)
slow the growth or development of;
Synonyms: check / retard
2
delay (n.)
time during which some action is awaited;
instant replay caused too long a delay
Synonyms: hold / time lag / postponement / wait
delay (n.)
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time;
Synonyms: holdup
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