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procrastinate

[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-] /proʊˈkræs təˌneɪt, prə-/
verb (used without object), procrastinated, procrastinating.
1.
to defer action; delay:
to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
verb (used with object), procrastinated, procrastinating.
2.
to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin prōcrāstinātus (past participle of prōcrāstināre to put off until tomorrow, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + -crāstināre, derivative of crāstinus of tomorrow; crās tomorrow + -tinus suffix forming adjectives from temporal adverbs); see -ate1
Related forms
procrastinatingly, procrastinatively, adverb
procrastination, noun
procrastinative, procrastinatory
[proh-kras-tuh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, pruh-] /proʊˈkræs tə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, prə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
procrastinativeness, noun
procrastinator, noun
overprocrastination, noun
unprocrastinated, adjective
Synonyms
2. prolong, postpone.
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British Dictionary definitions for procrastinate

procrastinate

/prəʊˈkræstɪˌneɪt; prə-/
verb
1.
(usually intransitive) to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay
Derived Forms
procrastination, noun
procrastinator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōcrāstināre to postpone until tomorrow, from pro-1 + crās tomorrow
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Word Origin and History for procrastinate
v.

1580s, a back formation from procrastination or else from Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare "to put off till tomorrow; defer, delay" (see procrastination). Related: Procrastinated; procrastinating. Earlier verb was procrastine (1540s), from French.

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