procrastinate

[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-]
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verb (used without object), pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing.

to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.

verb (used with object), pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing.

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 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

Synonyms for procrastinate

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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.

  • He wished now he had called—he had meant to do so, but had procrastinated as usual.

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

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

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    Arnold Bennett

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


British Dictionary definitions for procrastinated

procrastinate

verb

(usually intr) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
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 procrastinated

procrastinate

v.

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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