Another word for delay
deferment, adjournment, putting off, procrastination, suspension, moratorium, deferral, pause, surcease, reprieve, setback, retardation, lag, remission, prorogation, stay, stop, discontinuation, dawdling, foot-dragging, cooling-off period, holdup, holding pattern; see also pause 1, 2, respite.
To cause a delay
postpone, defer, put-off, retard, hold up, deter, hinder, hamper, clog, choke, slacken, keep, hold, protract, keep back, impede, discourage, interfere with, detain, stay, stop, withhold, lay over, arrest, check, prevent, repress, curb, obstruct, gain time, inhibit, restrict, prolong, encumber, confine, remand, prorogue, procrastinate, adjourn, block, bar, filibuster, intermit, suspend, stave off, table, shelve, pigeonhole, put aside, lay aside, lay by, push aside, slow, hang up, hang back, hold back, hold off, hold over, hold everything, be dilatory, bide one's time, arrest temporarily, impede the progress of, slow up, limit, slacken, stand off, stall, restrain, put on ice*, hold one's horses*, drag one's feet*; see also hinder.
To make a delay
Another word for delayverb
To put off until a later time:adjourn, defer1, hold off, hold up, postpone, remit, shelve, stay1, suspend, table, waive. (Informal) wait. Idiom: put on ice. See do
To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:detain, hang up, hold up, lag, retard, set back, slow (down or up), stall2. See help, time
To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:dally, dawdle, dilly-dally, drag, lag, linger, loiter, poke, procrastinate, tarry, trail. Idioms: drag one's feet (or heels), mark time, take one's time. See fast