- to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
- to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Origin of procrastinate
Synonyms for procrastinate
Related Words for procrastinatedhesitate, dawdle, defer, retard, suspend, poke, linger, temporize, cool, tarry, goldbrick, pause, stay, prolong, drag, stall, loiter, adjourn, protract, postpone
Examples from the Web for procrastinated
Historical Examples of procrastinated
When the cab had halted, again he procrastinated with the handle of the door in his hand.The Kingdom Round the Corner
He wished now he had called—he had meant to do so, but had procrastinated as usual.The Lure of Old London
And you have procrastinated from sheer dread, my poor Pauline!The Adventures of a Widow
And she procrastinated, ruled by her characteristic quality of supineness.Leonora
It however came about through the Devil's agency that they hesitated continually and procrastinated.Lives of SS. Declan and Mochuda
- (usually intr) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
Word Origin 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.