procrastinate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v procrastinate postpone doing what one should be doing "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
    • v procrastinate postpone or delay needlessly "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Procrastinate To delay; to be dilatory. "I procrastinate more than I did twenty years ago."
    • v. t Procrastinate To put off till to-morrow, or from day to day; to defer; to postpone; to delay; as, to procrastinate repentance. "Hopeless and helpless Ægeon wend,
      But to procrastinate his lifeless end."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • procrastinate To put off till another day, or from day to day; delay; defer to a future time.
    • procrastinate Synonyms To postpone, adjourn, defer, retard, protract, prolong.
    • procrastinate To delay; be dilatory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Procrastinate prō-kras′ti-nāt to put off till some future time: to postpone
    • v.i Procrastinate to delay
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Quotations

  • V. S. Pritchett
    V. S. Pritchett
    “The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”
  • Robert Collier
    Robert%20Collier
    “If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem... break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
  • Donald Gardner
    Donald Gardner
    “Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. procrastinatus, p. p. of procrastinare, to procrastinate; pro, forward + crastinus, of to-morrow, fr. cras, to-morrow

Usage

In literature:

He has many noble qualities, but procrastination is his fault.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Her government promised to obey, but procrastinated.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The last had passed like the others, in procrastinating from hour to hour.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The unexpected procrastination in the commencement of the fall trade is reasonably accounted for by the fineness of the weather.
"The Economist" by Various
Now and then the time of departure was fixed, but ere it arrived he wavered and procrastinated.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
He may have had such motive for procrastination.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The commanding officer procrastinated.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Dick again raised the delicate question of the date of their marriage, and Dora no longer procrastinated.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
I have learned from it also to avoid procrastination, and that idleness which often attends unbroken health.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
Yet he made no attempt to claim her and at times wondered at his own procrastination.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
There is nothing easier than procrastination if you once give in to it.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
For three years they had been there, while a procrastinating Cabinet, Congress and Senate had debated their permanent disposal.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Drawing nearer, he made out the smouldering log; cowardice prompted him to procrastinate, he crept round behind it.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
The Minister appeared still desirous of procrastinating.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The rest was all procrastination.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
The Convention lost no time in procrastinating delays.
"History of the Constitutions of Iowa" by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
The true cause of his procrastination has been suggested by the critic in the Athenaeum.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
What is painful is best encountered without procrastination.
"A House-Party" by Ouida
Lawyers are such wretches for procrastinating.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
I have learned also to avoid procrastination, and that idleness which often attends unbroken health.
"Lives of Celebrated Women" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
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In poetry:

They will curse the generation
That has beggared them by stealth;
Curse the mad procrastination
That has robbed the land of wealth -
Wealth their foolish fathers spent,
Reckless and improvident.
"In Time" by C J Dennis

In news:

For some reason those hippie sunchildren just can't get their act together and procrastinate when it comes to filing their taxes.
Afternoon procrastination , '08 style.
Mostly "C" answers indicate that you're an "Active Procrastinator " who delays tasks but thrives on deadline pressure.
What kind of procrastinator are you.
I've been coaching Mary for much more than the prior 6 months and she is a traditional procrastinator .
If you see that your procrastination is interfering with many aspects of your life, consider yourself a chronic procrastinator .
People procrastinate for different reasons.
Figure out what's causing you to procrastinate .
"To know what really needs to be done, analyze the different areas of your life and make a list of all the things you are presently procrastinating ," Flaherty suggests.
The perils of Progress and procrastination .
If you're a chronic procrastinator , there's little-to-no chance you're going to take the extra time to fill out complex to-do lists to get your work in order.
Intelligence / Five Rules to Avoid Procrastination .
If you procrastinate and get the job done, all it does is cause you to procrastinate again.
Do Not " Procrastinate "-Today's Black Pearls For Parents.
From experience and watching my brother stay up countless hours, I know that procrastinating only causes stress later on in the night.
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In science:

Both of these bounds improve the previous constant factors for MAC algorithms and are based on the use of a new deferral technique that demonstrates the power of procrastination in the context of MAC algorithms.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
As we show in our analysis, this is a case when procrastination provides asymptotic improvements, for this deferral algorithm has a better average-case performance than does the direct do-it-now approach of Greenberg and Ladner.
Improved Adaptive Group Testing Algorithms with Applications to Multiple Access Channels and Dead Sensor Diagnosis
I have very little to say that is new, that which is new does not fit into this venue, and I have been procrastinating rather than writing the newer results.
Classical Knot Theory
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