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Delay or postpone action; put off doing something.‘the temptation will be to procrastinate until the power struggle plays itself out’
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 timehesitate, vacillate, dither, be indecisive, be undecided, waverhaver, hum and hawswitherdilly-dally, shilly-shallykick the can down the roadView synonyms
- ‘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.’
On the difference between procrastinate and prevaricate, see prevaricate
Late 16th century: from Latin procrastinat- deferred till the morning, from the verb procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus belonging to tomorrow (from cras tomorrow).
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