Pronunciation: (di-lā'),[key] —v.t. 1. to put off to a later time; defer; postpone: The pilot delayed the flight until the weather cleared. 2. to impede the process or progress of; retard; hinder: The dense fog delayed the plane's landing.
—v.i. to put off action; linger; loiter: He delayed until it was too late.
—n. 1. the act of delaying; procrastination; loitering.
2. an instance of being delayed: There were many delays during the train trip. 3. the period or amount of time during which something is delayed: The ballet performance began after a half-hour delay.