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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
Most people tend to ignore or procrastinate over such tasks — for obvious reasons — but planning can certainly ease some avoidable financial sorrows.
Many procrastinated about their selections until the very end.
Procrastinating holiday shoppers are finding a haven online with expedited shipping and same-day delivery services.
I’m having a pleasant time procrastinating this morning, imagining her in my cubicle with suggestions on how to improve my desk, hair and general outlook.
Facing a mountain of homework, early-teen boys may procrastinate or despair, while girls on average can better focus on specifics, step-by-step.
Any plan which divides in any manner the sovereignty may be dangerous, and precipitate an evil which ought, and may at least, be long procrastinated.
Not All Third-Party Software Is Guaranteed to Work As is often the case with OS upgrades, there are going to be some third-party developers who procrastinated on testing their software to ensure compatibility with Snow Leopard.
Don't procrastinate, don't look over your shoulder, don't hide it under your jacket, in a shopping bag, or in your pocket.
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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
Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow, from cras tomorrow
First Known Use: 1588See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of procrastinate
PROCRASTINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of procrastinate for English Language Learners
: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.
PROCRASTINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of procrastinate for Students
: to keep putting off something that should be done
History for procrastinate
To procrastinate is to go against the old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Appropriately, the word procrastinate has the Latin word cras, meaning “tomorrow,” tucked inside it, because when you procrastinate you often are putting something off until the next day. The source of procrastinate is the Latin verb procrastinare, formed from the prefix pro-, “forward,” and the adjective crastinus, “of tomorrow,” which itself is formed from the adverb cras, “tomorrow.”
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