delay Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    The flight was delayed due to bad weather.

  • Example

    Don't delay your decision any longer.

  • Example

    The project is behind schedule because of delays in funding.

  • Example

    There was a delay in the delivery of the package.

delay Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using delay

  • time passes quickly and waits for no one


    You should start working on your project now because time and tide wait for no man.

  • it's better to do something late than to never do it at all


    I know I'm late with my assignment, but better late than never, right?

  • being behind schedule or arriving later than expected


    I'm running late for our meeting because of traffic.

Phrases with delay

  • immediately, without waiting


    Please respond to this email without delay.

  • a penalty in sports for intentionally delaying the game


    The team received a delay of game penalty for taking too long to make a play.

  • delayed gratification

    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.

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