procrastinate Definition

to delay or postpone action; put off doing something.

Using procrastinate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "procrastinate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I always procrastinate when it comes to doing my taxes.

  • Example

    He tends to procrastinate until the last minute.

  • Example

    She knows she needs to start studying, but she keeps procrastinating.

  • Example

    Don't procrastinate on making a decision.

procrastinate Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for procrastinate

Antonyms for procrastinate

Phrases with procrastinate

  • the longer you put off doing something, the less time you have to do it


    I know I need to start working on my project, but I keep putting it off. As they say, procrastination is the thief of time.

  • to delay making a decision about something


    He's been procrastinating over whether to accept the job offer or not.

  • to waste time by delaying action on something


    I've been procrastinating away the whole day instead of getting my work done.

Origins of procrastinate

from Latin 'pro-' meaning 'forward' and 'crastinus' meaning 'of tomorrow'


Summary: procrastinate in Brief

The verb 'procrastinate' [proh-kras-tuh-neyt] means to delay or postpone action, often resulting in putting off tasks until the last minute. It can be seen in phrases like 'procrastination is the thief of time,' which warns against wasting time, and 'procrastinate over,' which means to delay making a decision. Synonyms include 'delay,' 'postpone,' and 'defer,' while informal alternatives are 'put off,' 'drag one's feet,' and 'dilly-dally.'