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phrasal verb [transitive] formal
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present tense
I/you/we/theydefer to
he/she/itdefers to
present participledeferring to
past tensedeferred to
past participledeferred to
  1. to accept someone’s opinion or decision, especially because you respect them

    I will defer to Mr. Walters on this point.

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