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SYLLABICATION:de·fer
PRONUNCIATION:  d-fûr
VERB:Inflected forms: de·ferred, de·fer·ring, de·fers
INTRANSITIVE VERB: To submit to the opinion, wishes, or decision of another through respect or in recognition of his or her authority, knowledge, or judgment. See synonyms at yield.
TRANSITIVE VERB: To commit or entrust to another.
ETYMOLOGY:Middle English deferen, from Old French deferer, from Latin dferre, to carry away, refer to : d-, de- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS:de·ferrerNOUN
 
 
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