• WordNet 3.6
    • v defer yield to another's wish or opinion "The government bowed to the military pressure"
    • v defer hold back to a later time "let's postpone the exam"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defer To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to. "Hereupon the commissioners . . . deferred the matter to the Earl of Northumberland."
    • v. i Defer To put off; to delay to act; to wait. "Pius was able to defer and temporize at leisure."
    • v. t Defer To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold. "Defer the spoil of the city until night.""God . . . will not long defer To vindicate the glory of his name."
    • Defer To render or offer. "Worship deferred to the Virgin."
    • v. i Defer To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to. "The house, deferring to legal right, acquiesced."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defer To offer; render; assign: as, to defer the command of an army.
    • defer To refer; leave to another's judgment and determination
    • defer To yield to another's opinion; submit in opinion: with to.
    • defer To delay; put off; postpone to a future time: as, to defer the execution of a design.
    • defer To cause to wait; remand; put off: applied to persons.
    • defer To wait; delay; procrastinate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Defer de-fėr′ to put off to another time: to delay
    • pr.p Defer defer′ring; pa.p. deferred′
    • v.i Defer de-fėr to yield to the wishes or opinions of another, or to authority
    • v.t Defer to submit to or lay before:—pr.p. defer′ring; pa.p. deferred′
    • n Defer a deferent duct (as opposed to an afferent one) in the human body
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  • Seneca
    “The deferring of anger is the best antidote to anger.”
  • Mikhail Bakunin
    Mikhail Bakunin
    “Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.”
  • Joseph Fort Newton
    Joseph Fort Newton
    “A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “Great men always pay deference to greater.”
  • Peggy Cahn
    Peggy Cahn
    “I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Defer no time, delays have dangerous ends.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déférer, to pay deference, to yield, to bring before a judge, fr. L. deferre, to bring down; de-, + ferre, to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Defer to delay, Delate


In literature:

These being his functions, it becomes him to feel all confidence in himself, and to defer never to the popular cry.
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
In deep disgust Bishop Peter left the court to carry out his long-deferred crusading vows.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Hope deferred maksth the heart sick.
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
These are submitted with entire deference to your better judgment.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It was seen in Alfonso's face and in his marked deference that Christine filled his ideal of a beautiful woman.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
Here, too, he showed no great deference to manner as a means of victory.
"Discourse of the Life and Character of the Hon. Littleton Waller Tazewell" by Hugh Blair Grigsby
Captain Hardy deferred to him on matters of trade.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
If it had good crops, it could meet the deferred payments.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
At any rate she was made to defer her journey.
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre
He deferred to her, and contrived to thwart her, to do the very thing she would not have done, and to do it in the most obnoxious way.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr

In poetry:

Why should we defer our joys?
Fame and rumour are but toys.
Cannot we delude the eyes
Of a few poor household spies?
Or his easier ears beguile,
So removed by our wile?
"Song To Celia - I" by Ben Jonson
O make me glad for every scalding tear,
For hope deferred, ingratitude, disdain!
Wait, and love more for every hate, and fear
No ill,--since God is good, and loss is gain.
"Mother’s Evening Prayer" by Mary Baker Eddy
Afar my loyal spirit stirred
At mention of his name;
Afar in ringing notes I heard
The clarion voice of fame;
So to his tomb, hope long deferred,
With reverent step I came.
"At General Grant's Tomb" by Hattie Howard
With deference, what I impart
Receive with humble grateful heart,
Nor proudly from my counsel start,
I only lend it,
A friend ne'er aims a poisoned dart,
He wounds, to mend it.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Warmed by the sun, wooed by the wind's soft word,
Under blue canopy they hold their state:
For this, ah, was it not worth while to wait
Through all the centuries of hope deferred?
"Mummy Wheat" by Edith Nesbit
We laid by what was his with reverent care--
Started in dreams to greet him coming home--
But hope deferred left no relief but prayer,
And heart-sore longings breathed in one word--Come.
"Alas, My Brother!" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

The deal includes $15.5 million in salary that is being deferred without interest.
Mets to defer portion of Wright's deal.
The Mets will defer $15.5 million of the $138 million in David Wright's new eight-year extension, according to sources familiar with the details of the contract .
However, the deferred dollars were reduced significantly from the amount the club initially wished to defer.
Kaylee DeFer and Chloe Moretz.
The history goes roughly like this: Way back in 1984, Austin voters approved bond money to pay for land for a new water treatment plant, but for various reasons, a series of City Councils deferred groundbreaking and even site selection.
McLennan County commissioners Tuesday deferred a vote to next week on creating an employee sick-leave pool because of an unanswered legal question.
But we'll give our due deference to Republican challengers trying to make races out of it.
With five straight years of budget cuts and deferred payments from the state, California school districts have increasingly had to turn to borrowing.
That accusation is part of Cuban 's response to an arbitrationclaim Nelson has filed against Cuban to get six-point-five (M)million dollars of deferred compensation.
It was a magical snowfall, a too-long-deferred bliss.
Perhaps the most attractive aspect of cyberoperations is the ability to avoid, or at least defer, conventional battles involving explosions and blood.
Why superintendent decided to defer his salary.
The article that appeared in the South Jersey Times last Monday about Superintendent Thomas deferring his SCSSSD salary contained one significant error that could lead to a wrong conclusion.
The Topeka City Council deferred a vote on proposed redevelopment plans for downtown Tuesday, giving the community time to review the multimillion dollar project at a public meeting Dec 6.

In science:

By keeping track of all the switching numbers of the letters of w from the beginning to the end (no need to defer between positive or negative power of the letter in w), we result in an easy way to compute the permutation of the strings at each part of the word w.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Proof The proof of the first result requires some involved analysis, and is deferred to Section 3.
An information-theoretic Central Limit Theorem for finitely susceptible FKG systems
We defer the technical details for a future publication and present only the final results here.
The Local and the Occupation Time of a Particle Diffusing in a Random Medium
Further discussion on the nature of the boundary condition, known as the Robin condition, is deferred until §(4.4.2).
Variational Principles in General Relativity
We do not compute equilibrium partition functions. A complete analysis would include such calculations, but we defer them to future work.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach