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verb delay pronunciation in British English /dɪˈleɪ/
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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