Noun delay has 2 senses
  1. delay, hold, time lag, postponement, wait - time during which some action is awaited; "instant replay caused too long a delay"; "he ordered a hold in the action"
    --1 is a kind of pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension
    --1 has particulars: extension; moratorium; retardation
    Derived forms: verb delay4, verb delay2
  2. delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
    --2 is a kind of inactivity
    --2 has particulars:
     break, interruption, disruption, gap; demurrage; forbearance; postponement, deferment, deferral; procrastination, cunctation, shillyshally; slowdown, lag, retardation; dalliance, dawdling, trifling, wasting time; filibuster; tarriance, lingering
    Derived forms: verb delay4, verb delay3, verb delay1
,Verb delay has 4 senses
  1. delay, detain, hold up - cause to be slowed down or delayed; "Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"; "she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
    --1 is one way to decelerate, slow, slow down, slow up, retard
    Antonyms: rush, hurry
    Derived form: noun delay2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  2. delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
    --2 is one way to
    wait, hold off, hold back
    Derived form: noun delay1
    Sample sentence:
    They delay a long time
  3. stay, detain, delay - stop or halt; "Please stay the bloodshed!"
    --3 is one way to check, retard, delay
    Derived form: noun delay2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. check, retard, delay - slow the growth or development of; "The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
    --4 is one way to change, alter, modify
    Derived forms: noun delay1, noun delay2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something