Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun delay

2 senses of delay

Sense 1
delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait -- (time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action")
       => pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension -- (a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something)

Sense 2
delay, holdup -- (the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time)
       => inactivity -- (being inactive; being less active)

Antonyms of verb delay

1 of 4 senses of delay

Sense 1
delay, detain, hold up -- (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")
       Antonym of rush (Sense 3)
      => rush, hurry -- (urge to an unnatural speed; "Don't rush me, please!")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb delay

4 senses of delay

Sense 1
delay, detain, hold up -- (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")
       => decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard -- (lose velocity; move more slowly; "The car decelerated")

Sense 2
delay -- (act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered")
       => wait, hold off, hold back -- (wait before acting; "the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment")

Sense 3
stay, detain, delay -- (stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!")
       => check, retard, delay -- (slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development")

Sense 4
check, retard, delay -- (slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

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