(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. put off, retard, defer, postpone; linger, dally, loiter, procrastinate. —n. postponement, stay; procrastination. See lateness, slowness, hindrance, durability. Ant., hasten.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Postponement]
Syn. 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 .
2. [Hindrance]
Syn. stoppage, obstacle, obstruction; see impediment 1 .
1. [To cause a delay]
Syn. 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 .
Ant. speed*, accelerate, encourage.
2. [To make a delay]
Syn. hesitate, slow down, dawdle, dally; see linger 1 , loiter , pause .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
postponement, deferment, detention, stall, hindrance, impediment, procrastination, suspension, prolongation, hold, stop.
ANT.: rush
postpone, put off, defer, detain, stall, hinder, impede, procrastinate, suspend, prolong, hold, stop, wait.
ANT.: expedite, rush, hurry
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. 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. II noun 1. The act of putting off or the condition of being put off: adjournment, deferment, deferral, postponement, stay1, suspension, waiver. See TIME. 2. The condition or fact of being made late or slow: detainment, holdup, lag, retardation. See HELP, TIME.

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