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procrastinate

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Definition postpone doing what one should be doing
  • I should have started the paper last week, but I procrastinated until last night.
procrastinated = postponed doing what should have been done earlier
  • If I get a little thin, it is with anxiety about my prospects, yet unsettled — my departure, continually procrastinated.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All we do is argue and debate and procrastinate.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • You can't procrastinate much longer.
    Louis L'Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • He wished me not to procrastinate.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The procrastination of the catastrophe she now fully expected, though it were only for a moment, afforded a relief.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He procrastinated and I knew I was right.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • "I'm not a big fan of procrastination."
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • As she opened the folder, she realized that her procrastination also had to do with the fact that she didn't really want to deal with the problem.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Whatever your choice, choose quickly, because I fear that if you continue to procrastinate, the Varden will disintegrate into an uncontrollable horde.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Procrastination is not agreeable," observed Amy, taking a last look at the diamonds.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I didn't have time to procrastinate any task, no matter how minor.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She too had become used to thoughtful procrastination, and felt alarmed when it came to an end.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Madeline would have welcomed any excuse to procrastinate; but, as it happened, a letter from Alfred made her departure out of the question for the present.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • Procrastination is the thief of time.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She tugged at her sweater, procrastinating for one last moment before starting toward him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • I weighed my options carefully as I loitered outside the classroom, procrastinating.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • He had, so far, made the letters H and T. 'If you procrastinate, you're going to miss the bus.'
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Our students waste more time on UMe.com than any other site, and its owner donates some of the proceeds from that procrastination back into education.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The moment her existence was divulged, he knew that shouts, accusations, and fear would be directed at him .... so he procrastinated.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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