postpone Definition

  • 1cause or arrange for (something) to take place at a time later than that first scheduled
  • 2put off doing something; delay

Using postpone: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "postpone" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The meeting has been postponed until next week.

  • Example

    I had to postpone my trip because of the bad weather.

  • Example

    He always postpones paying his bills until the last minute.

  • Example

    We decided to postpone the wedding until next year.

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Phrases with postpone

  • delay the unavoidable


    She knew she couldn't avoid the confrontation forever, but she decided to postpone the inevitable for as long as possible.

  • postpone gratification

    delay immediate satisfaction for long-term gain


    In order to save money, he had to learn to postpone gratification and resist the urge to buy unnecessary things.

  • postpone/cancel a game/match

    reschedule or call off a sports event


    The football match was postponed due to heavy rain.

Origins of postpone

from Latin 'postponere', meaning 'put after'


Summary: postpone in Brief

To 'postpone' [pəʊstˈpəʊn] is to delay or reschedule an event or task to a later time. It can also mean to put off doing something. Examples include 'The meeting has been postponed until next week.' and 'We decided to postpone the wedding until next year.' Phrases like 'postpone the inevitable' and 'postpone gratification' denote delaying the unavoidable and immediate satisfaction, respectively.

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