[ US /dɪˈɫeɪ/ ]
[ UK /dɪlˈe‍ɪ/ ]
  1. cause to be slowed down or delayed
    Traffic was delayed by the bad weather
    she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform
  2. act later than planned, scheduled, or required
    Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered
  3. stop or halt
    Please stay the bloodshed!
  4. slow the growth or development of
    The brain damage will retard the child's language development
  1. time during which some action is awaited
    instant replay caused too long a delay
    he ordered a hold in the action
  2. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
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How To Use delay In A Sentence

  • the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane
  • This is the very definition of obstructionism: To delay a foregone conclusion for the sake of a petty protest.
  • As far as traffic is concerned there are no delays at the moment.
  • Earlier, in the B turret of the Achilles, there had been a temporary delay in the shell supply, and the gunhouse crews took the ready-use shells from their racks and fed them into the guns. Graf Spee
  • The opening Thursday of SugarHouse Casino, Pennsylvania's 10th casino, comes after years of community protests and delays.
  • Dozens of flights from the international airport were delayed as part of the protests and baggage-handling staff held a go-slow.
  • If you delay child-bearing until your mid-twenties or your early thirties, you are far more likely to have a good job, educational qualifications and a stable relationship.
  • So I put the guitar on clean, put on the delay effect, and I arpeggiate the chords at the right speed to get this really crazy thumping sound. All Updates @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  • With higher tumor load and delayed administration after tumor implantation, dendritic cells were no longer effective.
  • At this level, delayering is accompanied by the need for self-supervision by work groups (sometimes called their empowerment).
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