Synonyms for Delay:
n.afloat, Booking office, bookable, aisle seat, board, bus, ARR, aboard, booking, book on. dally, trail, countdown, procrastinate, duration, dilly-dally, chapter, date, distance, fast, era, epoch, tarry, day. cooling-off period, intermission. potter, slow off the blocks/mark, go-slow, drag your feet/heels. sidetrack, prolong the agony, keep someone waiting. •act (noun)
•deferment, interruption (noun)
hindrance, jam, obstruction, retardation, adjournment, stay, impediment, remission, reprieve, stoppage, stop, moratorium, wait, surcease, lag, postponement, setback, cooling-off period, stall, interval, check, discontinuation, suspension.
hold, hold up, check, postponement, holdup, wait, time lag.
complication, restriction, congestion, impediment, entrapment, drawback, frustration, entanglement, bafflement, hindrance, disadvantage, constraint, damper, obstacle, encumbrance, blockade, impasse, deterrent, opposition, inhibition, barrier, restraint, setback, blockage, stoppage, obstruction, interruption, impedance, constipation, hurdle, resistance.
hitch, interlude, hiatus, postponement, interval, suspension, relief.
discontinuation, lag, remission, setback, retardation, respite, surcease, adjournment, moratorium.
postponement, wait, hold, time lag.
v.•cause stop in action (verb)
choke, temporize, encumber, suspend, table, clog, procrastinate, detain, defer, impede, dilly-dally, drag, hold, restrict, adjourn, dawdle, deter, inhibit, shelve, obstruct, tarry, linger, block, put off, hamper, loiter, curb, bar, postpone.
hold up, detain.
falter, balk, pause, hesitate, halt, shrink, wait, recoil.
burden, block, thwart, tangle, foul, resist, dam, congest, crimp, detain, impede, cramp, obstruct, hinder, complicate, entangle, oppose, counter, baffle, choke, encumber, brake, fetter, frustrate, cripple, paralyze, bar, check, impair, snag, hamstring, constipate, constrain, bung, entrap, restrain, curb, hamper, inhibit, catch, stop, drag, snarl, deter, restrict, stay, mire, jam, interrupt, plug, handicap, clog, bottleneck.
postpone, relieve, break, reprieve, suspend, recess.
creep, dawdle, loiter, slow, poke, plod, trudge, crawl, linger.
duration, potter, evasion, sit on, epoch, intermission, retardation, dilly-dally, inaction, wait around. day, hang up, failure, era, waive. dally, chapter. distance, date. remit. time. •adjourn
Usage examples for delay
What is our cause for delay – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
Here was an unexpected delay – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade