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Delay, vb. to put off, to defer, to retard; absol.: “the powers, --ing, not forgetting,” Tp. III, 3, 73. “d. not,” H6C III, 3, 246. Caes. III, 1, 9. “while men d.” H4A III, 2, 180. Trans.: “the doors, the wind, the glove, that did d. him,” Lucr. 325. “his unhallowed haste her words --s,” Lucr. 325 Sonn. 126, 11. Meas. IV, 2, 174. Wint. IV, 4, 474. H6A IV, 3, 10. Cor. I, 6, 60. Rom. III, 5, 201. Oth. III, 4, 114. Hml. IV, 3, 57. Ant. II, 1, 3. Cymb. V, 4, 102. Per. II, 5, 22. Hence == to detain, to keep back: “let me stay the growth of his beard, if thou d. me not the knowledge of his chin,” As III, 2, 222. “what safe and nicely I might well d. by rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn,” Lr. V, 3, 144 (i. e. I disdain to refuse it). Dubious passage: “God d. our rebellion!” All's IV, 3, 23 (== make us slow in sinning?).
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