(noun, verb)


1. time during which some action is awaited

- instant replay caused too long a delay

Similar word(s): hold, postponement, wait

Definition categories: time, break, intermission, interruption, pause, suspension

2. the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

Similar word(s): holdup

Definition categories: act, inactivity

Sentences with delay as a noun:

- the delay before the echo of a sound


1. cause to be slowed down or delayed

- Traffic was delayed by the bad weather

- she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform

Similar word(s): detain

Definition categories: change, decelerate, slow

2. act later than planned, scheduled, or required

- Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered

Definition categories: stative, wait

3. stop or halt

Similar word(s): detain, stay

Definition categories: change, check, delay

4. slow the growth or development of

Similar word(s): check

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

Sentences with delay as a verb:

- The mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.