to put off (action, consideration, etc.) to a future time:The decision has been deferred by the board until next week.
Militaryto exempt temporarily from induction into military service.
to put off action; delay.
Middle English deferren, variant of differren to differ 1325–75
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedDefer,delay,postpone imply keeping something from occurring until a future time. To defer is to decide to do something later on:to defer making a payment.To delay is sometimes equivalent to defer, but usually it is to act in a dilatory manner and thus lay something aside:to delay one's departure.To postpone a thing is to put it off to (usually) some particular time in the future, with the intention of beginning or resuming it then:to postpone an election.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged procrastinate.