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verb American English pronunciation: delay /dɪˈleɪ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydelay
he/she/itdelays
present participledelaying
past tensedelayed
past participledelayed

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to do something later than is planned or expected

    They agreed to delay the decision for as long as possible.

    I have delayed my return home because of the weather.

    Don't delay if you want to get your order in by Christmas.

    delay doing something:

    We delayed getting on board for as long as we could.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [usually passive] to make someone or something late or slow them down

    His plane had been delayed for five hours.

    If delivery is delayed, we will let you know immediately.

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