- 1to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected
- 2a period of time by which something is late or postponed
Using delay: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "delay" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
The flight was delayed due to bad weather.
Don't delay your decision any longer.
The project is behind schedule because of delays in funding.
There was a delay in the delivery of the package.
delay Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using delay
You should start working on your project now because time and tide wait for no man.
I know I'm late with my assignment, but better late than never, right?
I'm running late for our meeting because of traffic.
Phrases with delay
Please respond to this email without delay.
The team received a delay of game penalty for taking too long to make a play.
the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward
Children who learn delayed gratification tend to have better life outcomes as adults.
Origins of delay
from Old French 'delai', meaning 'lateness'
Summary: delay in Brief
The verb 'delay' [dɪˈleɪ] means to postpone or defer something beyond its original schedule. The noun 'delay' refers to the period of time by which something is late or postponed. Examples include 'The flight was delayed due to bad weather.' and 'Don't delay your decision any longer.' Phrases like 'without delay' and idioms like 'better late than never' are also common.