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de·lay

 (dĭ-lā′)
v. de·layed, de·lay·ing, de·lays
v.tr.
1. To postpone until a later time; defer.
2. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired: Heavy traffic delayed us.
v.intr.
To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
n.
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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delaying

adjective hindering, obstructive, halting, procrastinating, retardant, temporizing, cunctative (rare), moratory Delaying tactics were used to postpone the report.
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Translations

delaying

[dɪˈleɪɪŋ]
A. ADJ [action] → dilatorio
B. CPD delaying tactics NPLtácticas fpl dilatorias
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delaying

adj actionverzögernd, hinhaltend, Verzögerungs-; delaying tacticsVerzögerungs- or Hinhaltetaktik f
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delaying

[dɪˈleɪɪŋ] adj delaying tacticstattiche fpl per prendere tempo
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References in classic literature ?
I have received your letter, and though I do not attempt to conceal that I am gratified by your impatience for the hour of meeting, I yet feel myself under the necessity of delaying that hour beyond the time originally fixed.
Hayward, after saying for a month that he was going South next day and delaying from week to week out of inability to make up his mind to the bother of packing and the tedium of a journey, had at last been driven off just before Christmas by the preparations for that festival.
But besides this, since the exhaustion and enormous diminution of the army caused by the rapidity of the advance had become evident, another reason for slackening the pace and delaying presented itself to Kutuzov.
why do you thus so cruelly connive at the projected Misery of her and of yourself by delaying to communicate that scheme which had doubtless long possessed your imagination?
The ebb-tide, which had so cruelly delayed us, was now making reparation and delaying our assailants.
But our horses are ready, I see; and, instead of delaying our departure for a couple of hours, we will set off at once.