- 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 procrastinatinghesitate, dawdle, defer, retard, suspend, poke, linger, temporize, cool, tarry, goldbrick, pause, stay, prolong, drag, stall, loiter, adjourn, protract, postpone
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Historical Examples of procrastinating
It was not quick to move or easily excited; but stolid, cautious, unambitious, procrastinating.Laws
The last had passed like the others in procrastinating from hour to hour.
The last had passed like the others, in procrastinating from hour to hour.
If you are one of the procrastinating kind, start in at once and get over it.Nuggets of the New Thought
William Walker Atkinson,
Oh, this procrastinating mail, and this procrastinating post-office!The English Mail-Coach and Joan of Arc
Thomas de Quincey
- (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.