• 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

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