defer to sb/sth

UK US defer to sb/sth
Phrasal Verb with defer({{}}/dɪˈfɜːr/ verb [T] (-rr-)
FORMAL
to allow another person or organization to make decisions for you because you respect them, or because of their higher rank, greater knowledge, etc.: »

For this type of decision, I usually defer to my boss.

»

In the last few years, the authority mostly has deferred to private developers to handle warehousing and distribution projects, because this is not the area of their expertise.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • defer — de|fer [dıˈfə: US ˈfə:r] v past tense and past participle deferred present participle deferring [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: différer, from Latin differre to delay, be different . defer to 1400 1500 French déférer, from Late Latin… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defer to sth — UK US defer to sb/sth Phrasal Verb with defer({{}}/dɪˈfɜːr/ verb [T] ( rr ) FORMAL ► to allow another person or organization to make decisions for you because you respect them, or because of their higher rank, greater knowledge, etc.: »For this… …   Financial and business terms

  • defer to sb — UK US defer to sb/sth Phrasal Verb with defer({{}}/dɪˈfɜːr/ verb [T] ( rr ) FORMAL ► to allow another person or organization to make decisions for you because you respect them, or because of their higher rank, greater knowledge, etc.: »For this… …   Financial and business terms

  • defer — verb deferred, deferring (T) to delay something until a later date: Let s defer the decision for a few weeks. defer to sb/sth phrasal verb (T) formal to agree to accept someone s opinion or decision because you have respect for that person …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • defer — de‧fer [dɪˈfɜː ǁ ˈfɜːr] verb deferred PTandPPX deferring PRESPARTX [transitive] to delay something until a later time or date: • The president may defer decisions on future defense spending cuts. • Further discussion on the proposal will be… …   Financial and business terms

  • defer to somebody — deˈfer to sb/sth derived (formal) to agree to accept what sb has decided or what they think about sb/sth because you respect him or her • We will defer to whatever the committee decides. Main entry: ↑deferderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • defer to something — deˈfer to sb/sth derived (formal) to agree to accept what sb has decided or what they think about sb/sth because you respect him or her • We will defer to whatever the committee decides. Main entry: ↑deferderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • deferment — de‧fer‧ment [dɪˈfɜːmənt ǁ ɜːr ] also de‧fer‧ral [dɪˈfɜːrəl] noun [countable, uncountable] COMMERCE TAX FINANCE the act of delaying something, or the period of the delay itself: • The ban …   Financial and business terms

  • reply — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, monosyllabic (esp. BrE) ▪ blunt, curt, short, terse ▪ His reply was short and to the point …   Collocations dictionary

  • put something off — POSTPONE, defer, delay, put back, adjourn, hold over, reschedule, shelve, table; informal put on ice, put on the back burner. → put * * * postpone something they can t put off a decision much longer * * * ˌput sthˈoff derived to change sth to a… …   Useful english dictionary

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