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noun delay pronunciation in British English /dɪˈleɪ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a situation in which something happens later or more slowly than you expected
    Why the delay?
    delay in: Try to find the reason for any delay in payment.
    delay in doing something: Please excuse my delay in replying.
    1. a.
      [countable] a situation in which a plane, train etc leaves or arrives late
      Trees had fallen near the railway line, causing more delays.
      After a long delay, the plane finally took off.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] failure to do something quickly
    We have experienced nothing but obstruction and delay from our suppliers.
    without delay (=quickly): I hope that discussions will take place without delay.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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