1. postpone doing what one should be doing;
- Example: "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
[syn: procrastinate, stall, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, dilly-dally, dillydally]
2. postpone or delay needlessly;
- Example: "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Procrastinate \Pro*cras"ti*nate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Procrastinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Procrastinating.] [L. procrastinatus, p. p. of procrastinare to procrastinate; pro forward + crastinus of to-morrow, fr. cras to-morrow.] To put off till to-morrow, or from day to day; to defer; to postpone; to delay; as, to procrastinate repentance. --Dr. H. More. [1913 Webster] Hopeless and helpless Aegeon wend, But to procrastinate his lifeless end. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: To postpone; adjourn; defer; delay; retard; protract; prolong. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Procrastinate \Pro*cras"ti*nate\, v. i. To delay; to be dilatory. [1913 Webster] I procrastinate more than I did twenty years ago. --Swift. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
77 Moby Thesaurus words for "procrastinate": abandon, be dilatory, continue, cut, dally, dawdle, defer, delay, drag, drag out, draw out, dwell on, equivocate, extend, filibuster, gain time, goldbrick, goof off, hang, hang back, hang fire, hesitate, hold off, jump, lag, leave, leave loose ends, leave undone, lengthen, lengthen out, let alone, let be, let dangle, let go, let pass, let ride, let slide, let slip, linger, linger on, loiter, make time, malinger, miss, omit, pass over, pass up, pause, play for time, poke, postpone, pretermit, prolong, protract, put aside, put off, shelve, shilly-shally, shirk, skip, slack, spin out, stall, stall for time, stall off, stay, stooge around, stretch out, suspend, table, talk against time, tarry, temporize, tergiversate, trifle, vacillate, waver