Definition of postpone in English:


Pronunciation: /pōˈspōn//pōstˈpōn/


  • 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] ‘the judge postponed sentencing a former government spokesman for fraud’
    • ‘Lawyers have another two hours to file briefs for and against postponing the October 7 recall.’
    • ‘They keep postponing it, and even their promises are not being fulfilled.’
    • ‘The game was postponed as a mark of respect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since I actually don't know what that course is about, just who takes it, I am postponing decisions.’
    • ‘Why has every single, even remotely, controversial decision been postponed until October?’
    • ‘Meetings have been postponed for the summer months.’
    • ‘Most of them keep on postponing their preparations till the last day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Worries about crime led councillors to postpone a decision on a leisure trail on a former railway.’
    • ‘Just don't mess around with postponing elections on the basis of technological quibbles.’
    • ‘Meanwhile the council is planning to postpone the introduction of recycling schemes for flats.’
    • ‘To my surprise she now seemed to believe my problems and was considering postponing my death sentence.’
    • ‘Yet all this is merely postponing the inevitable.’
    • ‘If millions of postal votes have to be verified, postponing the forming of a new government - so be it.’
    • ‘For her, she says, having a baby in her 30s was less about postponing a family for her career than meeting the right person.’
    • ‘She requires several more surgeries but they have been indefinitely postponed due to financial constraints.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister postponing the announcement of the election for 24 hours was a good one as well.’
    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.