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Synonyms of 'defer'

(verb) 
Definition
to delay until a future time
Customers often defer payment for as long as possible.
Synonyms
postpone
He decided to postpone the expedition.
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delay
I delayed my departure until she could join me.
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put off
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suspend
The union suspended strike action this week.
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shelve
Sadly, the project has now been shelved.
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set aside
,
adjourn
The proceedings have been adjourned until next week.
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hold over
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procrastinate
We often procrastinate when faced with something we do not want to do.
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put on ice (informal)
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put on the back burner (informal)
, ,
take a rain check on (US, Canadian, informal)
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prorogue
(verb) 
Definition
to comply with the wishes (of)
Although Dorothy was older than Mary, she tended to defer to her.
Synonyms
comply with
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give way to
,
submit to
,
bow to
,
give in to
,
yield to
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accede to
Why didn't you accede to our demands at the outset?
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capitulate to

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accede to
Why didn't you accede to our demands at the outset?
Synonyms
agree to,
consent to,
give in to,
surrender to,
yield to,
concede to,
acquiesce in,
assent to,
comply with,
concur to
in the sense of adjourn
Definition
to postpone or be postponed temporarily
The proceedings have been adjourned until next week.
Synonyms
put off,
put on the back burner (informal),
prorogue,
take a rain check on (US, Canadian, informal)
in the sense of delay
Definition
to put (something) off to a later time
I delayed my departure until she could join me.
Synonyms
put off,
hold over,
put on the back burner (informal),
take a rain check on (US, Canadian, informal)

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