What does the word defer mean?

Usage examples for defer

  1. Only he wished to defer the engagement. – Lord Ormont and his Aminta, v4 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  2. Dr. Sandford thought I was tired; and proposed that we should defer going to the White House until the next occasion; but I could not rest at home and insisted on carrying out the original scheme for the day. – Daisy in the Field by Elizabeth Wetherell
  3. This patriotism is shared by the young citizen who is willing to defer an apparent immediate gain to himself in order to prepare himself thoroughly for more effective service later. – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn