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[proh-kras-tuh-neyt, pruh-] /proʊˈkræs təˌneɪt, prə-/
verb (used without object), procrastinated, procrastinating.
to defer action; delay:
to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
verb (used with object), procrastinated, procrastinating.
to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.
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),
procrastinativeness, noun
procrastinator, noun
overprocrastination, noun
unprocrastinated, adjective
2. prolong, postpone. Unabridged
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Examples for procrastinating
  • This might even come in handy for the procrastinating student, who needs to finish up that essay while riding the bus to class.
  • It's not always productive and there's a lot of procrastinating, just staring at the wall, like any other writing.
  • There is utterly nothing to be gained in procrastinating.
  • But procrastinating carries big risks.
  • Travelers who have found themselves procrastinating lately when it comes to firming up vacation plans are in good company.
  • Well, at least you are procrastinating with honor.
  • I've been procrastinating a lot since the term ended.
  • I'm seriously procrastinating over a review I have to write.
  • So what you do all typically do when you're procrastinating?
  • Either that, or he'll get really organized at procrastinating.
British Dictionary definitions for procrastinating


/prəʊˈkræstɪˌneɪt; prə-/
(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 procrastinating
1580s, from L. procrastinare (see procrastination). Related: Procrastinating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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