- to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
- to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Origin of procrastinate
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Related Words for procrastinatehesitate, 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
I used to be a reporter, and there is no better way to procrastinate while writing than research.Book Bag: The Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction
June 6, 2014
Techies know they hold all the cards to the obscure and procrastinate on the grounds of engineering mysteries.What’s Behind the Obamacare Cock-Up
October 21, 2013
Historical Examples of procrastinate
I could not procrastinate that exquisite happiness, now so near.The Wild Huntress
He complains that I did not procrastinate time according to agreement.The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
Ward H. Lamon
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.The Works of Horace
- (usually intr) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
Word Origin for procrastinate
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.