• noun: a situation in which something happens later than it should
  • noun: the act of 'delaying'
  • verb: to wait until later to do something
  • verb: to stop, detain, or hinder for a time
  • often used as '(be) delayed'
  • synonyms: put off, procrastination, stop


  • He had a very 'delayed' reaction to the medication. [=a reaction that did not happen immediately]

  • The nurse apologized for the 'delay' [='wait'] and said that the doctor would be in shortly.

  • Production problems 'delayed' the introduction of the new model by several months.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) - Well, not... Yes. Yeah. l just can't afford any more delays. You're one of those fish that cause delays. Sometimes it's a good thing. There's a group of fish. - They're delay fish. - You mean... You mean you don't... like me? No, of course l like you. Because l like you (..)
    2003 Finding Nemo
  • (..) Taken by Isildur from the hand of Sauron himseIf. Bilbo found it. -In Gollum's cave. -Yes. For years,the Ring lay quiet in Bilbo's keeping... ...prolonging his life,delaying old age. But no longer,Frodo. Evil is stirring in Mordor. The Ring has awoken. It's heard its master's call. No,Frodo. (..)
    2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • (..) Get to your stations. Let's go, go, go! Those handling food will walk on two legs. We need someone to wait tables. I'm sorry for any delay, but we're a little short tonight. Please, take all of the time you need. He came in late one more time and all of a sudden he... Make sure that steak (..)
    2007 Ratatouille