Definition of postpone in US English:

postpone

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 ‘the judge postponed sentencing a former government spokesman for fraud’
    • ‘Since I actually don't know what that course is about, just who takes it, I am postponing decisions.’
    • ‘The men's court hearing was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why has every single, even remotely, controversial decision been postponed until October?’
    • ‘Meanwhile the council is planning to postpone the introduction of recycling schemes for flats.’
    • ‘Just don't mess around with postponing elections on the basis of technological quibbles.’
    • ‘Lawyers have another two hours to file briefs for and against postponing the October 7 recall.’
    • ‘The game was postponed as a mark of respect.’
    • ‘To my surprise she now seemed to believe my problems and was considering postponing my death sentence.’
    • ‘They keep postponing it, and even their promises are not being fulfilled.’
    • ‘If millions of postal votes have to be verified, postponing the forming of a new government - so be it.’
    • ‘Meetings have been postponed for the summer months.’
    • ‘Worries about crime led councillors to postpone a decision on a leisure trail on a former railway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You observe and store up what you need, but you know, always, that you're escaping something, postponing the inevitable.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister postponing the announcement of the election for 24 hours was a good one as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She requires several more surgeries but they have been indefinitely postponed due to financial constraints.’
    put off, delay, defer, put back, hold off, hold over, carry over, reschedule, adjourn, stay, shelve, stand over, pigeonhole, keep in abeyance, suspend, mothball
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Origin

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

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