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English definition of “procrastinate”

procrastinate

verb [I] uk   /prəˈkræs.tɪ.neɪt/ us    /proʊ-/
to keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring: I know I've got to deal with the problem at some point - I'm just procrastinating.Delaying and wasting time
procrastination
noun [U] uk   /-ˌkræs.tɪˈneɪ.ʃən/ us  
Delaying and wasting time
(Definition of procrastinate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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