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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Delay \De*lay"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delayed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Delaying.] [OF. deleer, delaier, fr. the noun d['e]lai, or
directly fr. L. dilatare to enlarge, dilate, in LL., to put
off. See Delay, n., and cf. Delate, 1st Defer,
1. To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the
time of or before.
My lord delayeth his coming. --Matt. xxiv.
2. To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to
retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is
delayed by a heavy fall of snow.
Thyrsis! whose artful strains have oft delayed
The huddling brook to hear his madrigal. --Milton.
3. To allay; to temper. [Obs.]
The watery showers delay the raging wind. --Surrey.
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
27 Moby Thesaurus words for "delaying":
Micawberish, backward, dallying, dawdling, dilatory, dillydallying,
dragging, easygoing, foot-dragging, lackadaisical, laggard,
lagging, lax, lazy, lingering, loitering, lollygagging,
procrastinating, procrastinative, procrastinatory, remiss,
shilly-shallying, shuffling, slack, slow, sluggish, tarrying
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