Noun delay di-l, d- 1a : the act of postponing, hindering, or causing something to occur more slowly than normal : the state of being delayed get started without delay b : an instance of being delayed apologized for the delay a rain delay.One in seven children have delayed development in speech and language and children with untreated delays in speech and language are at increased risk of developing literacy problems.But western governments must not go on delaying.

The Faculty of the University recommended him for a chair of theoretical physics but the Department of Educational Affairs decided to delay confirming the post.One of the few times we were delayed by a freight train happened on this stretch.

The council scored marks for overcoming delays in projects with a well thought-out and flexible programme of scheme delivery, according to the table.Can I, at the risk of unduly delaying you on this, point to some particular features of the transcript that trouble me?But everyone is delaying until after the election because they want to see who will form the next government, what its policies will be, who will.