Definition of postpone in English:

postpone

Pronunciation: /pəˈspəʊn//pəʊs(t)ˈpəʊn/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Cause or arrange for (something) to take place at a time later than that first scheduled:

    ‘the visit had to be postponed for some time’
    [with present participle] ‘he postponed implementing the scheme until industry and business were consulted’
    • ‘If millions of postal votes have to be verified, postponing the forming of a new government - so be it.’
    • ‘She requires several more surgeries but they have been indefinitely postponed due to financial constraints.’
    • ‘As she waits on the mainland for the arrival of her fiancé, the fog rolls in, postponing any traffic to or from the island that evening.’
    • ‘One, I think the risk of postponing them is greater than the risk of having them, but it's going to be a close call.’
    • ‘They keep postponing it, and even their promises are not being fulfilled.’
    • ‘For her, she says, having a baby in her 30s was less about postponing a family for her career than meeting the right person.’
    • ‘Yet all this is merely postponing the inevitable.’
    • ‘Meetings have been postponed for the summer months.’
    • ‘Why has every single, even remotely, controversial decision been postponed until October?’
    • ‘Lawyers have another two hours to file briefs for and against postponing the October 7 recall.’
    • ‘Worries about crime led councillors to postpone a decision on a leisure trail on a former railway.’
    • ‘Since I actually don't know what that course is about, just who takes it, I am postponing decisions.’
    • ‘The game was postponed as a mark of respect.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the council is planning to postpone the introduction of recycling schemes for flats.’
    • ‘Most of them keep on postponing their preparations till the last day.’
    • ‘To my surprise she now seemed to believe my problems and was considering postponing my death sentence.’
    • ‘You observe and store up what you need, but you know, always, that you're escaping something, postponing the inevitable.’
    • ‘Just don't mess around with postponing elections on the basis of technological quibbles.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister postponing the announcement of the election for 24 hours was a good one as well.’
    • ‘The men's court hearing was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday.’
    put off, delay, defer, put back, hold off, hold over, carry over, reschedule, adjourn, stay, shelve, stand over, pigeonhole, keep in abeyance, suspend, mothball
    put over, table, take a rain check on
    continue
    put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage
    remit, respite
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin postponere, from post after + ponere to place.

Pronunciation:

postpone

/pəˈspəʊn//pəʊs(t)ˈpəʊn/