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1 defer

(dĕ-fer′) [Fr. différer, to differ, fr L. diferre, carry in different directions, differ]
To delay or postpone a decision or action.

2 defer

(dĕ-fer′) [Fr. déférer, fr L. deferre, to carry down, report, accuse]
To yield respectfully to the opinions or desires of others.
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Table 3 compares these characteristics of the survey cohort with those of all deferrers identified in the 2007 tracking survey.
Male and female deferrers are very similar in their outcomes two years out from school.
But respondents who made the transition to university in 2008 were much more likely to come from the two higher quartiles of socio-economic status, suggesting that the financial implications of university study continue to have an impact on the pathways of regional deferrers two years out of school.
2006) has noted a similar relationship between socio-economic status and outcomes to that described in the current research--a relationship that suggests that deferrers with a background of high socio-economic status are more likely than their peers with lower socio-economic status to take up their university offer one year after deferring.
In all, 563 of our 806 deferrers took up a place at university.