prevaricate, procrastinate
Because their meanings, or at least the implications of their meanings, overlap, these two words are often confused. To prevaricate (derived from Latin praevaricari meaning literally ‘to walk crookedly’) is ‘to speak or act evasively’, whereas to procrastinate (derived from Latin cras meaning ‘tomorrow’) is ‘to put off or delay’. You might prevaricate in order to procrastinate, but the senses should be carefully distinguished. Examples:

• She prevaricated, wanting the story verified or denied before sharing it with him —L. Grant-Adamson, 1989

• Coleridge never arrived, and early in January the now beleaguered Southey decided that his endlessly procrastinating friend must be brought back from London —T. Mayberry, 1992.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Procrastinate — Pro*cras ti*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Procrastinated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Procrastinating}.] [L. procrastinatus, p. p. of procrastinare to procrastinate; pro forward + crastinus of to morrow, fr. cras to morrow.] To put off till to morrow, or from …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Procrastinate — Pro*cras ti*nate, v. i. To delay; to be dilatory. [1913 Webster] I procrastinate more than I did twenty years ago. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • procrastinate — (v.) 1580s, from L. procrastinare (see PROCRASTINATION (Cf. procrastination)). Related: Procrastinated; procrastinating …   Etymology dictionary

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