Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

procrastinate

procrastinate
Meaning(s)
1) to delay or postpone an action that is unpleasant or difficult
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    • have a bad habit of/tendency to procrastinate
  • Analysis
    To 'procrastinate' means to delay or postpone an action that is unpleasant or difficult. You could procrastinate on completing some work or procrastinate from doing something over a longer-term, such as making a retirement plan or starting a pension. This is a very common word used both in social and professional contexts. Similar meaning expressions include 'to delay' and 'to dilly daddle.'
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I was supposed to spend the afternoon cleaning the house so that it was ready for when my guests arrived, but I ended up watching television instead. I have a terrible habit of procrastinating whenever something difficult has to be done!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Louise has a tendency to procrastinate a lot in the office, and can often be seen surfing the internet when she should be getting down to work. She's skating on thin ice!
    2. Procrastination is one of the leading causes of reduced productivity in the workplace. That's why it is so important for businesses to keep their staff motivated and engaged in their work.
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