defer

Definition: To delay or put off til later

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The Stepmother - By Honor
...Pie ` defer -LRB- Moi ` se -RRB-, elder son of the preceding, profited by the Revolution in imitating his forefathers; tore down abbeys and churches; married the only daughter of a Convention member who had been guillotined, and by her had a child, Dinah, later Madame Milaud de la Baudraye; compromised his fortune by his agricultural speculations; died in 1819 ....
Sylvie and Bruno - By Lewis Carroll, Harry Furniss
...A man may fix his own times for admitting serious thought, for attending public worship, for prayer, for reading the Bible : all such matters he can defer to that 2 convenient season ', which is so apt never to occur at all : but he can not defer, for one single moment, the necessity of attending to a message, which may come before he has finished reading this page, ' this night shall thy soul be required of thee . '...
The Scarlet Letter - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Hatton
...Thege it has beeu thought advisable to defer ,...
Pride & Prejudice - By Jane Austen
...Another day I will do the same; I will sit in my library, in my night-cap and powdering gown, and give as much trouble as I can,--or perhaps I may defer it till Kitty runs away . '...
Jane Eyre - By Charlotte Bront
...I hated the business, I begged leave to defer it : no--it should be gone through with now ....
Wuthering Heights - By Emily Bront
...Linton was very reluctant to be roused from his bed at five o'clock, and astonished to be informed that he must prepare for further traveling; but I softened off the matter by stating that he was going to spend some time with his father, Mr. Heathcliff, who wished to see him so much, he did not like to defer the pleasure till he should recover from his late journey ....
Sense and Sensibility - By Jane Austen
...You would not be six hours later, " said Willoughby, " if you were to defer your journey till our return . " "...
My - By Willa Cather, Wladyslaw Theodore Benda
...Before the autumn was over she began to treat me more like an equal and to defer to me in other things than reading lessons ....
The Count of Monte Cristo - By Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet, Pier Angelo Fiorentino, Henry Valentin
...Well, well, perhaps just now you are not in a condition to effect your escape; but there is no hurry; we have waited so long we can very easily defer our purpose a little longer; say a week, a month,--two, if necessary; by that time you will be quite well and strong; and as it only remains with us to fix the hour and minute, we will choose the first instant that you feel able to swim, to execute our project . " "...
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - By Jane Austen
...One day only had passed since Anne 's conversation with Mrs. Smith; but a keener interest had succeeded, and she was now so little touched by Mr. Elliot 's conduct, except by its effects in cne quarter, that it became a matter of course, the next morning, still to defer her explanatory visit in Rivers Street ....
Mansfield Park - By Jane Austen, R. Brimley Johnson
...Curiosity and vanity were both engaged, and the temptation of immediate pleasure was too strong for a mind unused to make any sacrifice to right : he resolved to defer his Norfolk journey, resolved that writing should answer the purpose of it, or that its purpose was unimportant, and staid ....
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - By Mark Twain
...Wherefore I said : `` Forbear to grieve, fair knight, for this is not a defer ....
The House of Mirth - By Edith Wharton, A. B. Wenzell
...She had decided to defer the purchase of the dressing-case till she...
The House of the Seven Gables - By Nathaniel Hawthorne
...Anything that would take her out of the grievous present, and interpose human beings betwixt herself and what was nearest to her,--whatever would defer for an instant, the inevitable errand on which she was bound,--all such impediments were welcome ....
Washington Square - By Henry James
...He stood in a deeply defer -...
Ben-Hur - By Lew Wallace, Joseph Autier
...Messala was disabled and believed him dead; Gratus was powerless and gone, why should Ben-Hur longer defer the seareh for his mother and sister ?...
The Romany Rye - By George Henry Borrow
...I thought once or twice that I would have the teapot placed before me, that I might examine the marks at leisure, but I considered that it would be as well to defer the re-examination of the marks till the next morning; at that time I did not take tea of an evening ....