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post·pone

 (pōst-pōn′, pōs-pōn′)
tr.v. post·poned, post·pon·ing, post·pones
1. To cause or arrange for (an event) to take place at a time later than the time at which it was originally supposed to happen. See Synonyms at defer1.
2. To postpose.

[Latin postpōnere : post-, post- + pōnere, to put; see post2.]

post·pon′a·ble adj.
post·pone′ment n.

postpone

(pəʊstˈpəʊn; pəˈspəʊn)
vb (tr)
1. to put off or delay until a future time
2. to put behind in order of importance; defer
[C16: from Latin postpōnere to put after, neglect, from post- + ponere to place]
postˈponable adj
postˈponement n
postˈponer n

post•pone

(poʊstˈpoʊn, poʊs-)

v.t. -poned, -pon•ing.
1. to put off to a later time; defer: We have postponed our departure until tomorrow.
2. to place after in order of importance or estimation; subordinate.
[1490–1500; < Latin postpōnere to put after, lay aside =post- post- + pōnere to put]
post•pon′a•ble, adj.
post•pone′ment, n.
post•pon′er, n.
syn: See defer1.

delay

cancelpostponeput off
1. 'delay'

If you delay doing something, you do it at a later time.

The government delayed granting passports to them until a week before their departure.
Try and persuade them to delay some of the changes.

If a plane, train, ship, or bus is delayed, it is prevented from leaving or arriving on time.

The coach was delayed for about five hours.
The flight has been delayed one hour, due to weather conditions.
2. 'cancel'

If you cancel something that was arranged, you decide officially that it will not take place.

The Russian foreign minister has cancelled his trip to Washington.
Over 80 flights were cancelled because of bad weather.
3. 'postpone' and 'put off'

If you postpone or put off an event, you arrange for it to take place at a later time than was originally planned. Postpone is more formal than put off.

The crew did not know that the invasion had been postponed.
This is not a decision that can be put off much longer.
The Association has put the event off until October.

postpone


Past participle: postponed
Gerund: postponing

Imperative
postpone
postpone
Present
I postpone
you postpone
he/she/it postpones
we postpone
you postpone
they postpone
Preterite
I postponed
you postponed
he/she/it postponed
we postponed
you postponed
they postponed
Present Continuous
I am postponing
you are postponing
he/she/it is postponing
we are postponing
you are postponing
they are postponing
Present Perfect
I have postponed
you have postponed
he/she/it has postponed
we have postponed
you have postponed
they have postponed
Past Continuous
I was postponing
you were postponing
he/she/it was postponing
we were postponing
you were postponing
they were postponing
Past Perfect
I had postponed
you had postponed
he/she/it had postponed
we had postponed
you had postponed
they had postponed
Future
I will postpone
you will postpone
he/she/it will postpone
we will postpone
you will postpone
they will postpone
Future Perfect
I will have postponed
you will have postponed
he/she/it will have postponed
we will have postponed
you will have postponed
they will have postponed
Future Continuous
I will be postponing
you will be postponing
he/she/it will be postponing
we will be postponing
you will be postponing
they will be postponing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been postponing
you have been postponing
he/she/it has been postponing
we have been postponing
you have been postponing
they have been postponing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been postponing
you will have been postponing
he/she/it will have been postponing
we will have been postponing
you will have been postponing
they will have been postponing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been postponing
you had been postponing
he/she/it had been postponing
we had been postponing
you had been postponing
they had been postponing
Conditional
I would postpone
you would postpone
he/she/it would postpone
we would postpone
you would postpone
they would postpone
Past Conditional
I would have postponed
you would have postponed
he/she/it would have postponed
we would have postponed
you would have postponed
they would have postponed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.postpone - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
call - stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
suspend - render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

postpone

verb put off, delay, suspend, adjourn, table, shelve, defer, put back, hold over, put on ice (informal), put on the back burner (informal), take a rain check on (U.S. & Canad. informal) He decided to postpone the expedition.
advance, carry out, go ahead with, bring forward, call to order

postpone

verb
To put off until a later time:
Informal: wait.
Idiom: put on ice.
Translations
odložitodročit
udsætteudskyde
prokrasti
lykätäsiirtääsiirtää myöhemmäksi
odgoditi
elhalaszt
menundamenundakan
fresta
延期する
연기하다
atlikt
odložiti na kasneje
senarelägga
เลื่อนออกไป
hoãn

postpone

[pəʊstˈpəʊn] VTaplazar, postergar (LAm)
mightn't it be better to postpone it?¿no sería mejor aplazarlo?
to postpone sth for a monthaplazar algo por un mes
it has been postponed till Tuesdayha sido aplazado hasta el martes

postpone

[pəʊstˈpəʊn] vtreporter
The match has been postponed → Le match a été reporté.

postpone

vt
aufschieben, hinausschieben; (for specified period) → verschieben; it has been postponed till Tuesdayes ist auf Dienstag verschoben worden; you mustn’t postpone answering a day longerSie dürfen die Antwort keinen Tag länger hinausschieben
(Gram form) → nachstellen

postpone

[ˌpəʊstˈpəʊn] vt to postpone sth for a month/until Mondayrimandare or rinviare or posticipare qc di un mese/fino a lunedì

postpone

(pəsˈpəun) verb
to cancel until a future time. The football match has been postponed (till tomorrow).
postˈponement noun

postpone

يُؤَجِّل odložit udsætte verschieben αναβάλλω aplazar siirtää myöhemmäksi repousser odgoditi posporre 延期する 연기하다 uitstellen utsette odłożyć adiar откладывать senarelägga เลื่อนออกไป ertelemek hoãn 推迟

postpone

v. posponer, demorar, aplazar.

postpone

vt posponer, retrasar
References in classic literature ?
I am not in the least surprised that she postpones her appearance as long as possible.
It is a happiness which postpones all other gratifications, and makes politics, and commerce, and churches, cheap.
Sometimes it seems as if they grudge the longevity which postpones their chance of an effective scene.
But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.
You will then, pardon me, Alice, should I diminish your enjoyments, by requesting this gentleman to postpone his chant until a safer opportunity.
His first care was given to the child, whose cries, indeed, as she lay writhing on the trundle-bed, made it of peremptory necessity to postpone all other business to the task of soothing her.
If it was easy to reflect, however, that such a boy could postpone school, it was at least as marked that for such a boy to have been "kicked out" by a schoolmaster was a mystification without end.
I was hungry enough for literature to want to take down the whole paper at this one meal, but I got only a few bites, and then had to postpone, because the monks around me besieged me so with eager ques- tions: What is this curious thing?
But he had sense to postpone complaining: there might be compensation within.
I want you to postpone all other engagements for to-night-- ay, even if you were summoned to the bedside of an emperor; to take a cab, unless your carriage should be actually at the door; and with this letter in your hand for consultation, to drive straight to my house.
The king's curiosity, however, prevailing, I am sorry to say, even over his sound religious principles, induced him for this once to postpone the fulfilment of his vow until next morning, for the purpose and with the hope of hearing that night how it fared in the end with the black cat (a black cat, I think it was) and the rat.