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Definition of procrastinate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

procrastinate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prəʊˈkræstɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈkræstɪneɪt//
 
[intransitive] (formal, disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they procrastinate
BrE BrE//prəʊˈkræstɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈkræstɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it procrastinates
BrE BrE//prəʊˈkræstɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈkræstɪneɪts//
 
past simple procrastinated
BrE BrE//prəʊˈkræstɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈkræstɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle procrastinated
BrE BrE//prəʊˈkræstɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈkræstɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form procrastinating
BrE BrE//prəʊˈkræstɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈkræstɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to delay doing something that you should do, usually because you do not want to do it People were dying of starvation while governments procrastinated. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin procrastinat- ‘deferred till the morning’, from the verb procrastinare, from pro- ‘forward’ + crastinus ‘belonging to tomorrow’ (from cras ‘tomorrow’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: procrastinate