One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he deferred the final decision till a later meeting’
postpone, put off, adjourn, delay, hold off, hold over, put back, carry over
shelve, suspend, stay, hold in abeyance, prorogue, pigeonhole, mothball
North American put over, table, lay on the table, take a rain check on
North American continue
informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage
rare remit, respite
1‘he readily deferred to his parents and to his eldest sister’
yield, submit, give way, give in, surrender, accede, bow, capitulate, acquiesce, knuckle under
comply with, agree with, respect, honour, truckle
stand up to, disobey
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