procrastinate

[ proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈkræs təˌneɪt, prə- /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. procollagen,
  2. proconsul,
  3. proconsulate,
  4. proconvertin,
  5. procopius,
  6. procrastination,
  7. procrastination is the thief of time,
  8. procrastinator,
  9. procreant,
  10. procreate

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

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British Dictionary definitions for procrastinative

procrastinate

/ (prəʊˈkræstɪˌneɪt, prə-) /

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 procrastinative

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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