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Dictionary definition for: Delay

1. (n) time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay" "he ordered a hold in the action"

2. (v) cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather" "she delayed the work that she didn''t want to perform"

3. (n) the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

4. (v) act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don''t delay your application to graduate school or else it won''t be considered"

5. (v) stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"

6. (v) slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child''s language development"

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