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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb De*fer"
To put off; to postpone to a future time; to delay the execution of; to delay; to withhold.

Etymology: OE. differren, F. différer, fr. L. differre to delay, bear different ways; dis- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Differ Defer to offer

verb De*fer"
To put off; to delay to act; to wait.
verb De*fer"
  1. To render or offer.(Obs)"Worship deferred to the Virgin." [Brevint.]
  2. To lay before; to submit in a respectful manner; to refer; -- with to."Hereupon the commissioners . . . deferred the matter to the Earl of Northumberland." [Bacon.]

Etymology: F. déférer to pay deference, to yield, to bring before a judge, fr. L. deferre to bring down; de- + ferre to bear. See Bear to support, and cf. Defer to delay, Delate

verb De*fer"
To yield deference to the wishes of another; to submit to the opinion of another, or to authority; -- with to.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Yield to another's wish or opinion
  2. Hold back to a later time

From Old French differer, from Latin differre.

  • From Middle French deferer, from Latin deferre

defer was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons With the Last Name Defer

Kaylee DeFer is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2004. Kaylee was given the name Kaylee Anne DeFer on September 23rd, 1986 in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.


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Popularity of Defer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Defer U.S.
  White 93.94% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Defer

People with the last name Defer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Defer

  • How Popular is the name Defer? As a last name Defer was the 66,553rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Defer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Defer is Monday, July 22nd, 1918.
  • How unique is the name Defer? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Defer. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Defer: Your name in reverse order is Refed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Edfre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Defer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 297 people with the last name Defer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Defer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Defer as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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