defer to someone

defer to someone
defer to (someone) to accept the opinion or judgment of someone else.

In the end, you must defer to your boss, because the boss is always right.


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  • defer to — (someone) to accept the opinion or judgment of someone else. In the end, you must defer to your boss, because the boss is always right …   New idioms dictionary

  • defer to — de ˈfer to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they defer to he/she/it defers to present participle deferring to past tense deferred to …   Useful english dictionary

  • defer — [[t]dɪfɜ͟ː(r)[/t]] defers, deferring, deferred 1) VERB If you defer an event or action, you arrange for it to happen at a later date, rather than immediately or at the previously planned time. [V n/ ing] Customers often defer payment for as long… …   English dictionary

  • 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 — {{11}}defer (1) to delay, late 14c., differren, deferren, from O.Fr. differer (14c.), from L. differre carry apart, scatter, disperse; also be different, differ; also defer, put off, postpone, (see DIFFER (Cf. differ)). Etymologically identical… …   Etymology dictionary

  • defer to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms defer to : present tense I/you/we/they defer to he/she/it defers to present participle deferring to past tense deferred to past participle deferred to formal to accept someone s opinion or decision, especially …   English dictionary

  • defer — English has two distinct verbs defer. The one meaning ‘delay’ [14] is ultimately the same words as differ. It comes via Old French differer from Latin differre ‘carry apart, delay’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis ‘apart’ and ferre… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 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 — English has two distinct verbs defer. The one meaning ‘delay’ [14] is ultimately the same words as differ. It comes via Old French differer from Latin differre ‘carry apart, delay’, a compound verb formed from the prefix dis ‘apart’ and ferre… …   Word origins

  • defer — de|fer [ dı fɜr ] verb transitive to arrange for something to happen at a later time than you had planned: POSTPONE de fer to phrasal verb transitive FORMAL to accept someone s opinion or decision, especially because you respect them: I will… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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