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Definition of Defer

Defer

  1. To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.
  2. To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
  3. To render or offer.
  4. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to.
  5. To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.

Defer Quotations

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
Mia Hamm

To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.
James E. Faust

Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.
Mikhail Bakunin

Human nature is such that people are born with a love of profit If they follow these inclinations, they will struggle and snatch from each other, and inclinations to defer or yield will die.
Xun Zi

My father firmly embraced the Ralph Kramden philosophy: he was king of his Levittown castle. He worked hard, and his family deferred to his wishes. Except me. I did not defer and was disciplined accordingly.
Bill O'Reilly
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Defer Translations

defer in Latin is prolato, differo, protraho (protractus)
defer in Spanish is diferir