\ˈlāz \
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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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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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 The Pacers offense lazed through a post-All-Star slump, placing 23rd in points scored per 100 possessions — a far cry from their top-six showing over the first leg of the season and the symptom of a larger problem: shot selection. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 For most people, the July 4th holiday means attending fireworks displays, eating too many hot dogs, or simply lazing about on a day off from work. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "'We about to go crazy.' Instagram prankster sets off firework inside a Miami Dollar Tree," 5 July 2018 While lazing about her family summer home on Long Island, college student and aspiring writer Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) is desperate for something to happen to fuel her writing. Kimber Myers,, "Indie thriller 'Beach House' gets fogged over by a weak script," 20 June 2018 The rooftop includes several bars, a year-round pool and a lawn area for lazing. Jim Byers,, "Toronto's hotel scene heats up with 4 exciting newcomers," 7 June 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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The first known use of laze was circa 1592

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English Language Learners Definition of laze

: to spend time relaxing


\ˈlāz \
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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