procrastinate

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verb pro·cras·ti·nate \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\

Definition of procrastinate

procrastinated

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procrastinating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to put off intentionally and habitually

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

procrastination

play \-ˌkras-tə-ˈnā-shən\ noun

procrastinator

play \-ˈkras-tə-ˌnā-tər\ noun

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Examples of procrastinate in a Sentence

  1. He procrastinated and missed the submission deadline.

  2. He told her to stop procrastinating and get to work.

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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

Synonym Discussion of procrastinate

delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off of something (such as a beginning or departure). we cannot delay any longer procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy. procrastinates about making decisions lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others. lagging behind in technology loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time. loitered at several store windows children dawdling on their way home from school dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary. stop dallying and get to work

PROCRASTINATE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

procrastinate

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verb pro·cras·ti·nate \prə-ˈkra-stə-ˌnāt\

Definition of procrastinate for Students

procrastinated

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procrastinating

  1. :  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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