Definition of postpone in English:


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


  • 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’
    • ‘For her, she says, having a baby in her 30s was less about postponing a family for her career than meeting the right person.’
    • ‘Why has every single, even remotely, controversial decision been postponed until October?’
    • ‘Just don't mess around with postponing elections on the basis of technological quibbles.’
    • ‘Meetings have been postponed for the summer months.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister postponing the announcement of the election for 24 hours was a good one as well.’
    • ‘To my surprise she now seemed to believe my problems and was considering postponing my death sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of them keep on postponing their preparations till the last day.’
    • ‘They keep postponing it, and even their promises are not being fulfilled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since I actually don't know what that course is about, just who takes it, I am postponing decisions.’
    • ‘Yet all this is merely postponing the inevitable.’
    • ‘The men's court hearing was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday.’
    • ‘You observe and store up what you need, but you know, always, that you're escaping something, postponing the inevitable.’
    • ‘Lawyers have another two hours to file briefs for and against postponing the October 7 recall.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the council is planning to postpone the introduction of recycling schemes for flats.’
    • ‘The game was postponed as a mark of respect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Worries about crime led councillors to postpone a decision on a leisure trail on a former railway.’
    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
    put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage
    remit, respite
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Late 15th century: from Latin postponere, from post after + ponere to place.