Synonyms of delay in English:

delay


See definition of delay

verb

1‘a few guests were delayed by rush-hour traffic’

SYNONYMS
detain, hold up, make late, retard, keep, keep back, slow up, slow down, set back, bog down
hinder, hamper, impede, obstruct

2‘time being of the essence, they delayed no longer’

SYNONYMS
linger, dally, take one's time, drag one's feet, be slow, hold back, fall behind, lag behind, dawdle, loiter, not keep pace, waste time
procrastinate, stall, play for time, buy time, hang fire, mark time, temporize, hesitate, dither, shilly-shally
stonewall, filibuster
informal dilly-dally, let the grass grow under one's feet
archaic, literary tarry
ANTONYMS

hurry

3‘he may decide to delay the next cut in interest rates’

SYNONYMS
postpone, put off, defer, hold over, shelve, suspend, stay, hold in abeyance, pigeonhole
reschedule, adjourn
North American put over, table, lay on the table
North American continue
informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage
rare remit, respite
ANTONYMS

advance, bring forward


noun

1‘drivers heading for the capital are certain to face lengthy delays’

SYNONYMS
hold-up, wait, waiting period, detainment
hindrance, impediment, obstruction, setback
interval, gap, interlude

2‘the delay of his trial’

SYNONYMS
postponement, deferral, deferment, putting off, stay, respite
rescheduling, adjournment
North American continuation
rare put-off

3‘I set off without delay’

SYNONYMS
lingering, dallying, dawdling, loitering
procrastination, stalling, hesitation, dithering, shilly-shallying
informal dilly-dallying
archaic, literary tarrying
rare cunctation