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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.
Origin of procrastinate
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 from the Web for procrastinator
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  • The procrastinator admits, for instance, that a piece of work must be done.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
  • The procrastinator is the veriest drudge—he has his nose to the grindstone all the time.

    Nuggets of the New Thought William Walker Atkinson,
  • Then, to prevent the procrastinator from backing up, the salesman reached for the telephone on the advertiser's desk.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • He may have been a procrastinator in everything else, but as a writer he was a skilled mechanic.

  • The procrastinator queries, "Cannot American man-power meet the demand?"

    Mobilizing Woman-Power Harriot Stanton Blatch
British Dictionary definitions for procrastinator


/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 procrastinator

c.1600, agent noun in Latin form from 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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