Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
  • transitive v. To postpone or delay needlessly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put off; to delay taking action; to wait until later.
  • v. To put off; to delay (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To delay; to be dilatory.
  • transitive v. To put off till to-morrow, or from day to day; to defer; to postpone; to delay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put off till another day, or from day to day; delay; defer to a future time.
  • Synonyms To postpone, adjourn, defer, retard, protract, prolong.
  • To delay; be dilatory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. postpone or delay needlessly
  • v. postpone doing what one should be doing

Etymologies

Latin prōcrāstināre, prōcrāstināt- : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + crāstinus, of tomorrow (from crās, tomorrow).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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") (Wiktionary)

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