Definition of procrastinate in English:

procrastinate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

    ‘the temptation will be to procrastinate until the power struggle plays itself out’
    • ‘It isn't your fault I procrastinated until now.’
    • ‘He always used his religious vow of rest as an excuse to procrastinate until one or two the night after Sunday.’
    • ‘During our dinner she admitted that she had procrastinated until the whole idea of building a business had retreated into nothingness.’
    • ‘At least once or twice, most of us have procrastinated until the eleventh hour and then we rush to meet an obligation or responsibility.’
    • ‘The moment of grim realisation that I was procrastinating in an obsessive fashion came standing at the sink one day, when I caught myself polishing the cutlery.’
    • ‘Of course I procrastinated until till the last minute, who in high school doesn't?’
    • ‘But instead it has procrastinated and delayed, to the ever-increasing cost of the taxpayer.’
    • ‘I need to quit procrastinating and sit down with all the prospectuses, leaflets and my notes from the two universities I'm considering as my first choice.’
    • ‘The colonial powers procrastinated, either by inefficiency or intent (perhaps thinking they would get them for nothing if they did not pay).’
    • ‘Since it turned out I spent more time procrastinating instead of actually doing anything, I decided to finally finish my Bachelor of Arts degree.’
    • ‘I am supposed to be doing my taxes now, but am procrastinating.’
    • ‘You know there are people who, despite promising they'll do things earlier and stop procrastinating, always still leave things to the last possible moment?’
    • ‘Serves me right for procrastinating when I had the time.’
    • ‘When asked to do something, they say they will do it but procrastinate until someone else does it.’
    • ‘Insensitive bureaucrats in the capital should not be allowed to procrastinate and thereby delay the delivery of food to the needy.’
    • ‘I've learned that after procrastinating for three hours and finally completing an essay at 1am, kebabs are the best food anyone could ask for.’
    • ‘You tend to think negatively and torture yourself endlessly by imagining the worst and procrastinating about major decisions and changes today.’
    • ‘The tendency has been to ignore or procrastinate until intervention becomes the least unattractive course of action.’
    • ‘When you're under too much emotional stress, you vacillate and procrastinate, especially when it has something to do with money.’
    • ‘Nicias was a lousy general - he procrastinated and hesitated, and his forces died off slowly.’
    delay, put off doing something, postpone action, defer action, be dilatory, use delaying tactics, stall, temporize, play for time, play a waiting game, dally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, take one's time
    hesitate, vacillate, dither, be indecisive, be undecided, waver
    haver, hum and haw
    swither
    dilly-dally, shilly-shally
    kick the can down the road
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Usage

On the difference between procrastinate and prevaricate, see prevaricate

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin procrastinat- deferred till the morning, from the verb procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus belonging to tomorrow (from cras tomorrow).

Pronunciation:

procrastinate

/prə(ʊ)ˈkrastɪneɪt/