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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

A — 1: Ὀκνέω (Strong'S #3635 — Verb — okneo — ok-neh'-o )

akin to oknos, "a shrinking, to be loath or slow to do a thing, to hesitate, delay," is used in  Acts 9:38 . In the Sept. in  Numbers 22:16 , "do not delay;"  Judges 18:9 .

A — 2: Χρονίζω (Strong'S #5549 — Verb — chronizo — khron-id'-zo )

from chronos, "time," lit. means "to while away time," i.e., by way of lingering, tarrying, "delaying;" "delayeth,"  Matthew 24:48;  Luke 12:45; "tarried,"  Matthew 25:5; "tarried so long,"  Luke 1:21; "will (not) tarry,"  Hebrews 10:37 . See Tarry.

B — 1: Ἀναβολή (Strong'S #311 — Noun Feminine — anabole — an-ab-ol-ay' )

lit. signifies "that which is thrown up" (ana, "up," ballo, "to throw"); hence "a delay,"  Acts 25:17 . See Defer.

 Revelation 10:6

King James Dictionary [2]


1. To prolong the time of acting, or proceeding to put off to defer.

My lord delayeth his coming. Matt.  14.

2. To retard to stop, detain or hinder for a time to restrain motion, or render it slow as, the mail is delated by bad roads.

Thyrsis, whose artful strains have oft delayed

The huddling brook to hear his madrigal.

3. To allay.

DELAY, To linger to move slow or to stop for a time.

There are certain bounds to the quickness and slowness of the succession of ideas, beyond which they can neither delay nor hasten.


1. A lingering stay stop. 2. A putting off or deferring procrastination as, the delay of trial is not to be imputed to the plaintiff. 3. Hinderance for a time.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): ( v.) A putting off or deferring; procrastination; lingering inactivity; stop; detention; hindrance.

(2): ( n.) To allay; to temper.

(3): ( v. i.) To move slowly; to stop for a time; to linger; to tarry.

(4): ( n.) To put off; to defer; to procrastinate; to prolong the time of or before.

(5): ( n.) To retard; to stop, detain, or hinder, for a time; to retard the motion, or time of arrival, of; as, the mail is delayed by a heavy fall of snow.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

dē̇ - ´: The noun "delay" ( Acts 25:17 , "I made no delay"; the King James Version "without any delay") means "procrastination." The verb "to delay" ( Exodus 22:29; אחר , 'āḥar ) involves the idea "to stop for a time," the people being admonished not to discontinue a custom. The Pil. perfect of בּוּשּׁ , būsh ( Exodus 32:1 ), "Moses delayed to come," expresses not only the fact that he tarried, but also the disappointment on the part of the people, being under the impression that he possibly was put to shame and had failed in his mission, which also better explains the consequent action of the people. "To delay" (χρονίζω , chronı́zō ) is used transitively in  Matthew 24:48 (the Revised Version (British and American) "My lord tarrieth") and in   Luke 12:45 . The meaning here is "to prolong," "to defer."