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[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-]
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verb (used without object), pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing.
  1. to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
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verb (used with object), pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing.
  1. to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
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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 formspro·cras·ti·nat·ing·ly, pro·cras·ti·na·tive·ly, adverbpro·cras·ti·na·tion, nounpro·cras·ti·na·tive, pro·cras·ti·na·to·ry [proh-kras-tuh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, pruh-] /proʊˈkræs tə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, prə-/, adjectivepro·cras·ti·na·tive·ness, nounpro·cras·ti·na·tor, nouno·ver·pro·cras·ti·na·tion, nounun·pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, adjective

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Related Words for procrastinate

hesitate, dawdle, defer, retard, suspend, poke, linger, temporize, cool, tarry, goldbrick, pause, stay, prolong, drag, stall, loiter, adjourn, protract, postpone

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Contemporary Examples of procrastinate

Historical Examples of procrastinate

  • I could not procrastinate that exquisite happiness, now so near.

  • He complains that I did not procrastinate time according to agreement.

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


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for procrastinate


  1. (usually intr) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
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Derived Formsprocrastination, nounprocrastinator, noun

Word Origin for procrastinate

C16: from Latin prōcrāstināre to postpone until tomorrow, from pro- 1 + crās tomorrow
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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.

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