• To delay or postpone
  • After winning the opening coin toss, to postpone until the start of the second half a team's choice of whether to kick off or receive (and to allow the opposing team to make this choice at the start of the first half).
  • To delay, to wait.
  • To submit to the opinion or desire of others in respect to their judgment or authority.
  • To render, to offer.


  • Originally a variant of (and hence a doublet of) differ; from Middle English differren, from Old French differer, from Latin differō.
  • From late Middle English differren, from Middle French déférer, from Latin dēferō.

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