Definition of procrastinate in US English:



[no object]
  • Delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

    ‘it won't be this price for long, so don't procrastinate’
    • ‘The tendency has been to ignore or procrastinate until intervention becomes the least unattractive course of action.’
    • ‘Nicias was a lousy general - he procrastinated and hesitated, and his forces died off slowly.’
    • ‘Of course I procrastinated until till the last minute, who in high school doesn't?’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘During our dinner she admitted that she had procrastinated until the whole idea of building a business had retreated into nothingness.’
    • ‘You tend to think negatively and torture yourself endlessly by imagining the worst and procrastinating about major decisions and changes today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Serves me right for procrastinating when I had the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since it turned out I spent more time procrastinating instead of actually doing anything, I decided to finally finish my Bachelor of Arts degree.’
    • ‘It isn't your fault I procrastinated until now.’
    • ‘When you're under too much emotional stress, you vacillate and procrastinate, especially when it has something to do with money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But instead it has procrastinated and delayed, to the ever-increasing cost of the taxpayer.’
    • ‘I am supposed to be doing my taxes now, but am procrastinating.’
    • ‘At least once or twice, most of us have procrastinated until the eleventh hour and then we rush to meet an obligation or responsibility.’
    • ‘Insensitive bureaucrats in the capital should not be allowed to procrastinate and thereby delay the delivery of food to the needy.’
    • ‘When asked to do something, they say they will do it but procrastinate until someone else does it.’
    • ‘The colonial powers procrastinated, either by inefficiency or intent (perhaps thinking they would get them for nothing if they did not pay).’
    • ‘He always used his religious vow of rest as an excuse to procrastinate until one or two the night after Sunday.’
    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
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Late 16th century: from Latin procrastinat- ‘deferred till the morning’, from the verb procrastinare, from pro- ‘forward’ + crastinus ‘belonging to tomorrow’ (from cras ‘tomorrow’).