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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
Prefer to procrastinate, or just don't subscribe to that whole supply-and-demand thing?
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.
There’s no time wasted or temptation to procrastinate by making a more time-intensive dish.
The problem is that the U.S. has become like that procrastinating friend of yours who waits until the night before a college paper is due to write the darn thing.
Most of us don’t need to be encouraged to procrastinate.
Throughout his tenure, Mr Abe has procrastinated over critical but unpopular reforms intended to keep the economy upright when the fiscal and monetary support is eventually withdrawn.
The universe is sick of my procrastinating ass, too.
The tendency to procrastinate seems to be missing this time around.
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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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