procrastinate

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

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

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procrastinate

/ (prəʊˈkræstɪˌneɪt, prə-) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

procrastination, nounprocrastinator, noun

Word Origin for procrastinate

C16: from Latin prōcrāstināre to postpone until tomorrow, from pro- 1 + crās tomorrow
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