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idly

adverb uk   /ˈaɪd.li/ us  
without any particular purpose: I was just glancing idly through a magazine. doing nothing: She lay idly on the grass. We cannot stand idly by while these people suffer.
Translations of “idly”
in Chinese (Traditional) 無目的的, 無行動的, 不活動的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无目的的, 无行动的, 不活动的…
(Definition of idly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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