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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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
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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
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

postpone

verb
To put off until a later time:
Informal: wait.
Idiom: put on ice.
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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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

postpone

[pəʊstˈpəʊn] vtreporter
The match has been postponed → Le match a été reporté.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

postpone

[ˌpəʊstˈpəʊn] vt to postpone sth for a month/until Mondayrimandare or rinviare or posticipare qc di un mese/fino a lunedì
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

postpone

(pəsˈpəun) verb
to cancel until a future time. The football match has been postponed (till tomorrow).
postˈponement noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

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
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

postpone

v. posponer, demorar, aplazar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

postpone

vt posponer, retrasar
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References in classic literature ?
Prince Andrew saw clearly that the old man hoped that his feelings, or his fiancee's, would not stand a year's test, or that he (the old prince himself) would die before then, and he decided to conform to his father's wish- to propose, and postpone the wedding for a year.
But you are distant from me, and it is possible that you may dread and yet be pleased with this explanation; and in a probability of this being the case, I dare not any longer postpone writing what, during your absence, I have often wished to express to you but have never had the courage to begin.
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.
The jealousy of military establishments would postpone them as long as possible.