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[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-] /proʊˈkræs təˌneɪt, prə-/
verb (used without object), procrastinated, procrastinating.
to defer action; delay:
to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
verb (used with object), procrastinated, procrastinating.
to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Origin of procrastinate
1580-90; < Latin prōcrāstinātus (past participle of prōcrāstināre to put off until tomorrow, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -crāstināre, derivative of crāstinus of tomorrow; crās tomorrow + -tinus suffix forming adjectives from temporal adverbs); see -ate1
Related forms
procrastinatingly, procrastinatively, adverb
procrastination, noun
procrastinative, procrastinatory
[proh-kras-tuh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, pruh-] /proʊˈkræs tə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, prə-/ (Show IPA),
procrastinativeness, noun
procrastinator, noun
overprocrastination, noun
unprocrastinated, adjective
2. prolong, postpone. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for procrastinate
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  • I could not procrastinate that exquisite happiness, now so near.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • He complains that I did not procrastinate time according to agreement.

  • And as the debtor procrastinates, so did Margaret Anison procrastinate.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  • Let it be a warning not to procrastinate repentance, not wait for death.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • Abandoned I have left my father's house, abandoned I procrastinate my doom.

  • Why should I procrastinate my doom and strive to render my burden more light?

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • Its advocates declared that they did not entertain and never had entertained any wish to procrastinate a settlement.

    Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2 John Frederick Schroeder
  • Day after day the ragged remnants remained upon the floor; and still did Mrs. Prigley procrastinate.

    Wenderholme Philip Gilbert Hamerton
British Dictionary definitions for procrastinate


/prəʊˈkræstɪˌneɪt; prə-/
(usually intransitive) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
Derived Forms
procrastination, noun
procrastinator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōcrāstināre to postpone until tomorrow, from pro-1 + crās tomorrow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for procrastinate

1580s, a back formation from procrastination or else from Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare "to put off till tomorrow; defer, delay" (see procrastination). Related: Procrastinated; procrastinating. Earlier verb was procrastine (1540s), from French.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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