(cause to) be late; move or act slowly, especially on purpose
put (sth) off until later; postpone
delaying or being delayed
an example of being delayed; amount of time for which sb/sth is delayed
"instant replay caused too long a delay"
"he ordered a hold in the action"
"Traffic was delayed by the bad weather"
"she delayed the work that she didn't want to perform"
"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
"Please stay the bloodshed!"
"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"
For who would bear..the law's delay.
出自：Hamlet , Shakespeare
What the hell's all this delay for, Mr Hornblower? D'you want us to miss the tide?
出自： C. S. Forester
Th' unprofitable moments..That..still delay Life's instant business to a future day.
As the tender ash delays To clothe herself, when all the woods are green.
Mozart had works complete in his head, and delayed writing them down until the last possible minute.
出自： A. C. Boult
Disease prevention is like putting out a fire.We can't delay for one minute.
He delayed for a long time before accepting my offer.
She delayed a few hours in order to see me.
You have delayed me for three hours.
The accident delayed the train for two hours.
I have to delay answering his question.
Excuse me for my delay in answering your question.
误 He apologized to her for the delay to reply to a letter.
误 He apologized to her for the delay of replying to a letter.
正 He apologized to her for the delay in replying to a letter.