defer to (someone or something)

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defer to (someone or something)

To submit or yield to someone or something. I really need to defer to your mother on this one—she's in charge of all the Thanksgiving plans.
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defer to someone or something (on something)

to yield to someone or something on some question or point. I will defer to Mary on that question. She would not defer to the committee on anything.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A truly 'America first' administration would rightly expect its allies to pull their weight within Nato, and to defer to US foreign policies on non-European issues.
The government agencies defer to us and are ready to cooperate.