\ ˈlāz How to pronounce laze (audio) \
lazed; lazing

Definition of laze

intransitive verb

: to act or lie lazily : idle

transitive verb

: to pass (time) in idleness or relaxation

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Other Words from laze

laze noun

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idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing. idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose. idled the day away loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do. she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day lounge, though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation. he lounged against the wall loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude. lolling on the couch laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure. lazed about between appointments

Examples of laze in a Sentence

She's been lazing in the sun all afternoon. While he was sick, he just lazed around the house.

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Start getting back into the morning routine If your kids are used to lazing around in the morning and having a flexible time to wake up, school mornings can be a big adjustment. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "6 tips to help get your kid in back-to-school mode," 12 July 2018 During a 10-day visit to Moscow in March 1974, I was fascinated by the phenomenon of several uninspired coat-check attendants lazing about. WSJ, "A Jobs Guarantee Is a Fundamental Change," 27 Nov. 2018 In addition to cooking outdoors, lazing on sandy shores, and watching fireworks, is there anything more quintessentially summer than hitting the road for an extended trip? Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travelogue Podcast: The Road Trips We're Taking Right Now," 10 Aug. 2018 Researchers studied groups of fire ants digging tunnels in a lab container, observing that 30 percent of the ants did 70 percent of the work, while the rest lazed around, doing very little. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Lazy Ants Are Great at Avoiding Traffic Jams," 19 Aug. 2018 Among those arrested were barbers, tailors and students, some while lazing in bed. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "138 people killed in 2 months in Bangladesh police crackdown on drug dealers," 12 July 2018 An animal lucky enough to be part of the restaurateur/rancher’s herd in northwestern Spain gets to laze about in mountain pastures redolent of thyme and other fragrant herbs. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 Move on to the hammam steam room and the cold-blast shower stall, then climb the stairs to laze in the Moorish atmosphere of the tepidarium’s turquoise waters beneath brass lanterns. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 Virginia is talking about tying Medicaid benefits to a work requirement, fueling the cynical narrative that there must be all kinds of folks lazing around on couches, asking taxpayers to pay their bills. Washington Post, "Will Virginia finally do the right thing for 400,000 people desperate for health care?," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of laze

circa 1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for laze

back-formation from lazy

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English Language Learners Definition of laze

: to spend time relaxing


\ ˈlāz How to pronounce laze (audio) \
lazed; lazing

Kids Definition of laze

: to spend time relaxing “No use lazing here while there's work to be done …”— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

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