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procrastination

noun

  1. (delay)  the act of procrastinating; putting off, delaying, or deferring an action to a later time
    Synonyms: cunctation, shilly-shally, shillyshally. Type of: delay
  2. (slowness)  slowness as a consequence of not getting around to it
    Synonyms: dilatoriness. Type of: slowness

Etymology summary

Latin procrastinationem "a putting off", noun of action from procrastinare "put...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Procrastination

refers to the act of replacing more urgent actions with tasks less urgent, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. In accordance with Freud, the pleasure principle may be responsible... (41 of 2006 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

procrastination | procrastinate | delay [synonym, sense-specific]

the act of procrastinating | [intransitive verb] to put off or defer (an action) until a later time; delay (18 of 445 words, 2 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/procrastination

Oxford Dictionary:

procrastination | procrastination is the thief of time

the action of delaying or postponing something | "procrastination is the thief of time" [proverb] : if you delay doing something, it will take longer ... (24 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/procrastination

New World Dictionary:

procrastinate | procrastinated [past tense] | procrastinating [present participle] | procrastination [noun, related] | procrastinator [noun, related]

to put off doing (something unpleasant or burdensome) until a future time; especially, to postpone (such actions) habitually (18 of 51 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/procrastinate

American Heritage Dictionary:

procrastinate | procrastinated [past tense] | procrastinating [present participle] | procrastinates [3rd-person singular present] | procrastination [noun, related] | procrastinator [noun, related]

To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. | To postpone or delay needlessly. (17 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/procrastinate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

procrastinate [intransitive] | procrastinated [past tense] | procrastinating [present participle] | procrastinates [3rd-person singular present] | procrastination [noun, uncountable, related]

to delay doing something until later, usually something that you do not want to do (15 of 48 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/procrastinate

Cambridge Dictionary:

procrastinate | procrastination [noun, derived]

to keep delaying something that must be done, often because it's unpleasant or boring (14 of 41 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/procrastinate

Wiktionary:

procrastination | procrastinations [plural]

The act of postponing, delaying or putting off, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. (15 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/procrastination

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

procrastination

First use: 1540s

Origin: Latin procrastinationem "a putting off", noun of action from procrastinare "put off till tomorrow", from pro- "forward" + ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=procrastination

Collins Dictionary:

procrastination | procrastinate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin prōcrāstināre to postpone until tomorrow, from pro-1 + crās tomorrow

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/procrastination

Wiktionary:

procrastination | procrastinations [plural]

Origin: Latin prōcrāstinātiō, from prōcrāstinō ("procrastinate"), from prō + crāstinus ("of tomorrow"), from crās ("tomorrow").

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

procrastination | procrastinations [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "procrastination"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

procrastinate [intransitive] | procrastinated [past tense] | procrastinating [present participle] | procrastinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "procrastination"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/procrastinate

Macmillan American Dictionary:

procrastinate [intransitive] | procrastinated [past tense] | procrastinating [present participle] | procrastinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "procrastination"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/procrastinate

Cambridge Dictionary:

procrastinate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "procrastination"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "procrastination"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/procrastinate

the Free Dictionary:

procrastination

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "procrastination"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "procrastination"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/procrastination

Google Dictionary:

procrastination | procrastinations [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "procrastination"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

procrastination

Audio: North American pronunciation of "procrastination"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=procra​02 word=procrastination

freedictionary.org:

procrastination

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "procrastination" by speech synthesizer

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