[ proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh- ]
See synonyms for: procrastinateprocrastinating on

verb (used without object),pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing.
  1. 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.
  1. to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.

Origin of procrastinate

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin prōcrāstinātus, past participle of prōcrāstināre “to put off until tomorrow,” from prō- pro-1 + -crāstināre, derivative of crāstinus “of tomorrow” (from crās “tomorrow” + -tinus, adjective suffix)

Other words for procrastinate

Other words from procrastinate

  • pro·cras·ti·nat·ing·ly, pro·cras·ti·na·tive·ly, adverb
  • pro·cras·ti·na·tion, noun
  • pro·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-/, adjective
  • pro·cras·ti·na·tive·ness, noun
  • pro·cras·ti·na·tor, noun
  • o·ver·pro·cras·ti·na·tion, noun
  • un·pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for procrastinate


/ (prəʊˈkræstɪˌneɪt, prə-) /

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

Origin of procrastinate

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

Derived forms of procrastinate

  • procrastination, noun
  • procrastinator, noun

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