Procrastinate Definition

prō-krăstə-nāt, prə-
procrastinated, procrastinates, procrastinating
procrastinated, procrastinates, procrastinating
To put off doing (something unpleasant or burdensome) until a future time; esp., to postpone (such actions) habitually.
Webster's New World
To postpone or delay needlessly.
American Heritage

(intransitive) To put off; to delay taking action; to wait until later.

He procrastinated until the last minute and had to stay up all night to finish.

Origin of Procrastinate

  • From Latin prōcrastinātum, past participle of prōcrastinō (“defer, put off till tomorrow"), from prō (“in favor of") + crāstinus (“of or belonging to tomorrow"), from crās (“tomorrow")

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin prōcrāstināre prōcrāstināt- prō- forward pro–1 crāstinus of tomorrow (from crās tomorrow)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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