What is Delay ?
Delay is (noun) the length of time that something is late There will be a delay of ten minutes before the meeting starts. We are sorry for the delay in replying to your letter. (verb) 1. to make someone or something late The train has been delayed by fog. He was delayed because his taxi had an accident. 2. to put something off until later We will delay making a decision until we see the result of the election. The company has delayed payment of all invoices.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level