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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 procrastinated
Historical Examples
  • Still I procrastinated; for all the effect his letters and telegrams had upon me, I might as well have left them unopened.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • When the cab had halted, again he procrastinated with the handle of the door in his hand.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • When she would have procrastinated, he beat down her opposition with the rush of his words.

    The Bells of San Juan Jackson Gregory
  • He wished now he had called—he had meant to do so, but had procrastinated as usual.

  • But the chaotic vortex of civil war approached, and fell destruction, often procrastinated, brooded in storm.

  • And you have procrastinated from sheer dread, my poor Pauline!

  • It remembered how the Government had hesitated, procrastinated, and vacillated in this so-called blockade, as in other matters.

  • And she procrastinated, ruled by her characteristic quality of supineness.

    Leonora Arnold Bennett
  • Perhaps I procrastinated a little from indecision, but much more because I considered that I had no other choice.

  • It however came about through the Devil's agency that they hesitated continually and procrastinated.

British Dictionary definitions for procrastinated


/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
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Word Origin and History for procrastinated



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.

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