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Examples of procrastinate in a Sentence
He procrastinated and missed the submission deadline.
He told her to stop procrastinating and get to work.
Recent Examples of procrastinate from the Web
While procrastinating partners were scrambling Tuesday for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, Deneb Williams and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou were busy opening Allora, their newest restaurant, in East Sacramento.
This year, all those procrastinating shoppers will get some extra help from the calendar.
While there are cases where workers make a choice to procrastinate or surf the internet, in a lot of cases employees are forced into inactivity by malfunctioning equipment or inevitable slow periods.
In the past, there have been extensions – because in the end, a lot of people procrastinate.
Don't procrastinate dealing with a problem or concern.
The German defender has joined the Turin side from Schalke 04 in August, but has since been stuck on the bench due to two consecutive set-backs that procrastinated his debut in black-and-white.
Prefer to procrastinate, or just don't subscribe to that whole supply-and-demand thing?
There’s no time wasted or temptation to procrastinate by making a more time-intensive dish.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of procrastinate
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of procrastinate
- we cannot delay any longer
- procrastinates about making decisions
- lagging behind in technology
- loitered at several store windows
- children dawdling on their way home from school
- stop dallying and get to work
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