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v. de·layed, de·lay·ing, de·lays
1. To postpone until a later time; defer.
2. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired: Heavy traffic delayed us.
To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
1. The act of delaying; postponement: responded without delay.
2. The condition of being delayed; detainment.
3. The period of time during which one is delayed.
4. The interval of time between two events.

[Middle English delaien, from Anglo-Norman delaier, from Old French deslaier : des-, de- + laier, to leave, of Germanic origin; see leip- in Indo-European roots.]

de·lay′er n.
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(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (tr) to prune the administrative structure of (a large organization) by reducing the number of tiers in its hierarchy
deˈlayering n
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delayer - a person who delays; to put off until later or cause to be late
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
filibuster, filibusterer - a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes
cunctator, postponer, procrastinator - someone who postpones work (especially out of laziness or habitual carelessness)
temporiser, temporizer - someone who temporizes; someone who tries to gain time or who waits for a favorable time
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(= person) jd, der Zeit zu gewinnen sucht
(= reason for delay)Verzögerungsgrund m
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Secondly, it shall put in place a political dynamic that does not take the society hostage to political wars of attrition that major economist schools have designated as a true delayer of reform.
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The bank also aims to delayer management structures across the organization to reduce costs and increase the speed of decision making.
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No, I'm a very active and busy delayer. A brilliant procrastinator.
LARRRRRRRRRRRRE LAYER DER DE DERLARRRRRRRRRRE DELAYER Bau--der--laire We said his name backwards and forwards, until our lips were thick and trembling, until our tongues were no longer ours, and until our faces looked utterly French.
The Heaton Perk coffee shop, in Heaton Park Road, said their opening was delayer. Manager Billie Clark said: "We've had to wait to open because we had no water."