• WordNet 3.6
    • v postpone hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Postpone To defer to a future or later time; to put off; also, to cause to be deferred or put off; to delay; to adjourn; as, to postpone the consideration of a bill to the following day, or indefinitely. "His praise postponed , and never to be paid."
    • Postpone To place after, behind, or below something, in respect to precedence, preference, value, or importance. "All other considerations should give way and be postponed to this."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • postpone To put off; defer to a future or later time; delay.
    • postpone To set below (something else) in value or importance; rate as less important or inferior.
    • postpone Synonyms To adjourn, procrastinate, stave off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Postpone pōst-pōn′ to put off to a future time: to defer: to delay: to subordinate
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  • William James
    “We forget that every good that is worth possessing must be paid for in strokes of daily effort. We postpone and postpone, until those smiling possibilities are dead.”
  • Herbert Kaufman
    Herbert Kaufman
    “Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
  • David J. Schwartz
    “To fight fear, act. To increase fear -- wait, put off postpone.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. postponere, postpositum,; post, after + ponere, to place, put. See Post-, and Position
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. postponĕre, -positumpost, after, ponĕre, to put.


In literature:

Everything that could be postponed was postponed.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
He would occasionally postpone his work to pleasure.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
That a postponement of marriage provides the opportunity for better sexual selection.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
How he now wished he had not postponed his departure for Bath!
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
There was no time to be lost, for it was growing late, and a postponement, as far as Archie was concerned, seemed inevitable.
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
But the Peers declined to pass it, and it was postponed.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
Indeed, I ought not to have postponed it for so long.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
Having nobly postponed dinner for purely artistic reasons, they were now decidedly hungry.
"Grace Harlowe's Golden Summer" by Jessie Graham Flower
Postponement he might look forward to, but no final stay of judgment!
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The case for postponement is just as strong when one or both are under-graduates in college, with no professional training planned.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
He meant to act, but he shrank from it and postponed the hour as long as he could.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
Suppose you and I do the latter, and postpone the former till we are under weigh.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
For the same reason I suppose even the business of the foreign embassies will be postponed.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
As for Edwin, he was postponing the execution of all his good resolutions until he should be installed in the new house.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
My work was calling, but I lazily postponed my departure from day to day.
"The Four Pools Mystery" by Jean Webster
The evil moment couldn't be postponed for long.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
It was his own fault that the excursion had been postponed.
"The Tale of Nimble Deer" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The delays which postponed the treaty were not entirely his fault.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
I was hard at work on the dress, when I was informed that the levee had been postponed from Friday night till Tuesday night.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
And as he thought it improbable so to find him in the evening, he determined to postpone his task.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Postpone you can not, nor advance
Success or failure that's to be;
All fortune, being born of chance,
Is bastard-child to destiny.
"Fortune" by Madison Julius Cawein
Shou'd he from penitence thy soul restrain,
'Till death, and make thee each good work postpone:
He hinders thee God's mercy to obtain,
Until perhaps the time of mercy's gone.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
He turned to the other grave Justice of Peace,
And whispered, ‘You can’t always trust the police;
‘I’ll visit the premises during the day,
‘And see for myself,’ said O’Hara, Jay Pay.
(Case postponed.)
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson
There was quite a new expression on his lemon-coloured face,
And the unexpected odour won him temporary grace,
For we tacitly postponed the sacking-point till by-and-by,
And we tacitly said nothing save the one word, "rabbit pie!"
"My Other Chinee Cook" by James Brunton Stephens
Feeling lonely-like, Magee took on a local star named Bent,
And four others started fighting to avoid an argument:
So Simonsen postponed the game, for fear some slight mishap
Might disturb the pleasant feeling then prevailing at The Gap.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson

In news:

That's because a new study of real estate agents found that one-third of home-purchase transactions in September, October and November were postponed or went south.
View full size The Saginaw News File Saginaw Spirit co-owner Craig Goslin believes the NHL lockout has to end soon or the Winter Classic outdoor OHL game between the Spirit and Windsor is in danger of being postponed.
Usher postpones European tour to.
Michael O?Reilly has been postponed from June 23 to June 30 for unforeseen reasons, Liturgy Coordinator Joy Robles told parishioners Sunday.
If they happen, games are postponed or canceled.
The Nationals-Cardinals game scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed and will be more.
Plumtree apartment zoning hearing postponed.
A trial has been postponed for a man charged with shooting at three black men in Algiers Point who were trying to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in what prosecutors call a racially motivated attack.
A court hearing that could approve the transformation of 14 area chicken joints from KFCs into Popeyes has been postponed until Wednesday.
The State Department of Education's release of the A-F School Report Cards for all Oklahoma schools has been postponed.
Power failure postpones Border Patrol testimony for fatal wreck.
A power failure has postponed Border Patrol agents from testifying a teen smuggler accused of killing nine illegal immigrants during a chase.
0A power failure has postponed Border Patrol agents from testifying a teen smuggler accused of killing nine illegal immigrants during a chase.
Update (10:30 a.m.) – The case was postponed until 1:30 p.m.
Nets-Knicks opener in Brooklyn postponed.

In science:

The proof of Theorem 7 depends on three lemmas, whose proofs we will postpone until after the proof of the theorem.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
We postpone the proof of this Proposition to the end of the next section and proceed with the proof of Theorem 1.
No more than three favourite sites for simple random walk
We postpone the proof of this lemma to § 3, and proceed to the more interesting part of the proof.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
The study of the detailed behaviour of this walk is postponed in a subsequent publication.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
This study is postponed to a subsequent paper.
Random walks in random environment on trees and multiplicative chaos
In particular we list some aspects of our framework which are postponed to further consideration.
Generalized Space-time Supersymmetries, Division Algebras and Octonionic M-theory
In the N = 1 chapter we will deal with this case extensively and so we will postpone our discussion until then.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
For simplicity, we postpone formalising strategy defi nitions until Section 5.1. 0 corresponding First, we will define the reduction semantics of a basic calcu lus S ′ to an initial untyped fragment of S ′ γ .
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
However, to avoid too many technical details, we postpone the precise definition of this notion to the next section.
Integrated density of states for ergodic random Schr\"odinger operators on manifolds
We will use the following result, the proof of which we postpone until the end of this section.
Sparse Potentials With Fractional Hausdorff Dimension
We will postpone the proof of Corollary 4 until after some remarks.
Concentration of norms and eigenvalues of random matrices
We postpone the complete analysis of this general case for another paper.
Geometrical description of spin-2 fields
The proof of Claim 4.7 is technical, and we will postpone giving the details until the end of this section.
Independence Properties of Algorithmically Random Sequences
We postpone the proof of Proposition 8 to the next section.
Green's canonical syzygy conjecture for generic curves of odd genus
The proof of Proposition 4, which is combinatorial in nature, is postponed until the end of this section.
Volumes of symmetric random polytopes