• procrastinate
  • audio pronunciation
  • \pruh-KRAS-tuh-nayt\
  • DEFINITION

verb

1
: to put off intentionally and habitually
2
: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
  • EXAMPLES

Somehow, despite procrastinating, Melody managed to hand her assignment in on time.

"Some high school students procrastinate on college applications because they are intimidated by the essays. Other students procrastinate because the myriad of college choices is overwhelming, making it difficult to prioritize what colleges to apply to." -- From an article in PR Newswire, December 16, 2010

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We won't put off telling you about out the origins of "procrastinate." English speakers borrowed the word in the 16th century from Latin "procrastinatus," which itself evolved from the prefix "pro-," meaning "forward," and "crastinus," meaning "of tomorrow." Like its synonyms "delay," "lag," "loiter," "dawdle," and "dally," "procrastinate" means to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. It typically implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy.

Test Your Vocabulary: Unscramble the following letters to create a word meaning "tending to procrastinate": l y t r o d i a. The answer is ...

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