from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To put off; postpone.
- transitive v. To postpone the induction of (one eligible for the military draft).
- intransitive v. To procrastinate.
- intransitive v. To submit to the opinion, wishes, or decision of another through respect or in recognition of his or her authority, knowledge, or judgment. See Synonyms at yield.
- transitive v. To commit or entrust to another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To delay, or postpone, especially to postpone induction into military service.
- v. To submit to the opinion or desire of another in respect to their judgment or authority.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.
- intransitive v. To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
- transitive v. To render or offer.
- transitive v. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to.
- intransitive v. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To offer; render; assign: as, to defer the command of an army.
- To refer; leave to another's judgment and determination
- To yield to another's opinion; submit in opinion: with to.
- To delay; put off; postpone to a future time: as, to defer the execution of a design.
- To cause to wait; remand; put off: applied to persons.
- To wait; delay; procrastinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. yield to another's wish or opinion
- v. hold back to a later time
Middle English differren, to postpone, differ; see differ.
Middle English deferen, from Old French deferer, from Latin dēferre, to carry away, refer to : dē-, de- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)