Definition 2023





dēferō (present infinitive dēferre, perfect active dētulī, supine dēlātum); third conjugation, irregular

  1. I bear, carry or bring down or away; convey; take, remove.
  2. I bring to market, sell.
  3. I give to someone, grant, confer upon, allot, offer to someone, bestow
  4. I transfer, deliver.
  5. I bring or give an account of, report, announce, state.
  6. (law, with nomen) I report someone's name before the praetor, as plaintiff or informer; indict, impeach, denounce, accuse.
  7. (nautical) I arrive or disembark.


   Conjugation of defero (third conjugation, irregular, suppletive)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēferō dēfers dēfert dēferimus dēfertis dēferunt
imperfect dēferēbam dēferēbās dēferēbat dēferēbāmus dēferēbātis dēferēbant
future dēferam dēferēs dēferet dēferēmus dēferētis dēferent
perfect dētulī dētulistī dētulit dētulimus dētulistis dētulērunt, dētulēre
pluperfect dētuleram dētulerās dētulerat dētulerāmus dētulerātis dētulerant
future perfect dētulerō dētuleris dētulerit dētulerimus dētuleritis dētulerint
passive present dēferor dēferris, dēferre dēfertur dēferimur dēferiminī dēferuntur
imperfect dēferēbar dēferēbāris, dēferēbāre dēferēbātur dēferēbāmur dēferēbāminī dēferēbantur
future dēferar dēferēris, dēferēre dēferētur dēferēmur dēferēminī dēferentur
perfect dēlātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect dēlātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect dēlātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēferam dēferās dēferat dēferāmus dēferātis dēferant
imperfect dēferrem dēferrēs dēferret dēferrēmus dēferrētis dēferrent
perfect dētulerim dētulerīs dētulerit dētulerīmus dētulerītis dētulerint
pluperfect dētulissem dētulissēs dētulisset dētulissēmus dētulissētis dētulissent
passive present dēferar dēferāris, dēferāre dēferātur dēferāmur dēferāminī dēferantur
imperfect dēferrer dēferrēris, dēferrēre dēferrētur dēferrēmur dēferrēminī dēferrentur
perfect dēlātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect dēlātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēfer dēferte
future dēfertō dēfertō dēfertōte dēferuntō
passive present dēferre dēferiminī
future dēfertor dēfertor dēferuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives dēferre dētulisse dēlātūrus esse dēferrī dēlātus esse dēlātum īrī
participles dēferēns dēlātūrus dēlātus dēferendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
dēferre dēferendī dēferendō dēferendum dēlātum dēlātū

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  • defero in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • defero in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Félix Gaffiot (1934), “defero”, in Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to fall down headlong: praecipitem ire; in praeceps deferri
    • to award the prize to..: palmam deferre, dare alicui
    • to entrust a matter to a person; to commission: negotium ad aliquem deferre
    • to give the palm, the first place (for wisdom) to some one: primas (e.g. sapientiae) alicui deferre, tribuere, concedere
    • to confer supreme power on a person: imperium, rerum summam deferre alicui
    • to invest some one with royal power: alicui regnum deferre, tradere
    • to invest a person with a position of dignity: honores alicui mandare, deferre
    • to accuse, denounce a person: nomen alicuius deferre (apud praetorem) (Verr. 2. 38. 94)
    • to appoint some one commander-in-chief: imperii summam deferre alicui or ad aliquem, tradere alicui
    • to refer a matter to a council of war: rem ad consilium deferre
    • to hold on one's course: cursum tenere (opp. commutare and deferri)
    • to be driven out of one's course; to drift: deferri, deici aliquo
    • the storm drives some one on an unknown coast: procella (tempestas) aliquem ex alto ad ignotas terras (oras) defert