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verb     delay pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledelaying
past tensedelayed
past participledelayed

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

    I have delayed my return home because of the weather.

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

    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 inform you immediately.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to deliberately take a long time to do something
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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