delay
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (deferral)
a. el retraso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The delay in payment will result in a violation of the contract.El retraso en el pago supondrá la infracción del contrato.
b. la demora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
His delay is not normal. Have you tried to reach him by phone?Su demora no es normal. ¿Habéis intentado localizarlo por teléfono?
c. la dilación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They acknowledged receipt of my proposal without delay.Me confirmaron la recepción de mi propuesta sin dilación.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to postpone)
a. retrasar
I need to delay my appointment at the hairdressers'.Tengo que retrasar mi cita en la peluquería.
b. demorar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I'm afraid we'll have to delay the dinner until another day.Me temo que tendremos que demorar la cena para otro día.
c. aplazar
The teacher decided to delay the exam for the following week.El profesor decidió aplazar el examen para la siguiente semana.
3. (to make late)
a. retrasar
My flight was delayed because of the fog.Mi vuelo se retrasó debido a la niebla.
b. entretener
Don't let me delay you. I know you're busy.No debo entretenerte, ya sé que estás ocupado.
c. demorar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
We were delayed by over two hours because of a road accident.Un accidente de tráfico nos demoró más de dos horas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to become late)
a. tardar
Wait here just a few minutes; I won't delay.Espera aquí unos minutos, no tardaré.
b. demorar
Don't delay and call right now for this special offer!¡No demore y llame ya para esta oferta especial!
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delay
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. el retraso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
b. la demora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
without delaysin (mayor) demora
an hour's delayun retraso or
all flights are subject to delaytodos los vuelos llevan retraso or
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (project, decision, act)
a. retrasar
3. (traffic)
a. retener, demorar
to be delayedllevar retraso
I don't want to delay youno te quiero entretener
delaying tacticstácticas dilatorias
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
a. retrasarse, demorarse
don't delay!¡no deje pasar más tiempo!
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delay [dɪˈleɪ]
noun
(hold-up) retraso (m); demora (f); especially (LAm) (act of delaying) retraso (m); dilación (f); (to traffic) retención (f); atasco (m); (to train) retraso (m)
the tests have caused some delay las pruebas han ocasionado algún retraso; there will be delays to traffic habrá retenciones or atascos en las carreteras
there are serious delays on the M1
delays possible until Dec 2009 posibles retenciones hasta Diciembre de 2009
without delay sin demora; these measures should be implemented without further delay estas medidas deben ponerse en práctica sin más demora
transitive verb
(hold up) [+person] retrasar; entretener; [+train] retrasar; [+start, opening] retrasar; demorar; (LAm) (postpone) aplazar; demorar; (LAm) (obstruct) impedir
the train was delayed for two hours el tren se retrasó dos horas; we decided to delay our departure decidimos retrasar la salida; what delayed you? ¿por qué has tardado tanto?; to delay doing sth: we delayed going out until Jane arrived retrasamos la salida hasta que llegara Jane; the illness could have been treated if you hadn't delayed going to the doctor se hubiera podido tratar la enfermedad si no hubieras tardado tanto en ir al médico; delayed broadcast (US) transmisión (f) en diferido; delayed effect efecto (m) retardado
intransitive verb
tardar; demorarse; (LAm)
don't delay! (in doing sth) ¡no pierdas tiempo!; (on the way) ¡no te entretengas!; ¡no tardes!; ¡no te demores!; (LAm)
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