delay - definition and synonyms


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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

      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.

  3. 3
    [countable] the time between an event and its result or between one event and the next