\ 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

Choose the Right Synonym for laze

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Students can laze in the park before and after school, and during lunch. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur,, "Role in community park on Baronne Street earns honors for International High School of New Orleans," 31 Dec. 2020 In Sag Harbor, meanwhile, the children could laze on their private beaches or congregate at Havens Beach, the only one open to the public, whiling away their summer days. Sandra E. Garcia, New York Times, "On Long Island, a Beachfront Haven for Black Families," 1 Oct. 2020 Paddleboard or kayak through mangrove mazes as eagle rays and tropical fish swim by, laze the day away on a beachfront hammock, or simply enjoy the day while floating in a natural emerald lagoon or resting on a sleek poolside lounger. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 14 Best Private Island Resorts," 2 July 2020 Swollen white clouds laze over Kennedy Space Center, portents of thunderstorms predicted to roll across the bay later in the afternoon. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever," 30 May 2020 Take it from someone who has worked from home for over two years, nothing beats lazing around your house all day in a robe. Medea Giordano, Wired, "Tony Soprano's Robes Are My Quarantine Fashion Inspiration," 17 May 2020 African Wild Dogs Like pet dogs, African wild dogs spend some of their time enthusiastically socializing and some of it lazing around. Elizabeth Preston, New York Times, "Sneezing Dogs, Dancing Bees: How Animals Vote," 2 Mar. 2020 In actuality, educators nationwide often spend the summer months doing anything but lazing around. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "These cars randomly bolt into intersections," 11 July 2019 Or when the Rolling Stones played a free concert in Hyde Park in 1969, bringing the curtain down on flower power for the half a million hippies lazing in the sun. B.r., The Economist, "The violent history of London’s Royal Parks," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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“Laze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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