Definition of indefinitely in English:

indefinitely

adverb

  • 1For an unlimited or unspecified period of time.

    ‘talks cannot go on indefinitely’
    • ‘There was a similar operation last year which ran for a short period of time. This crackdown is expected to go on indefinitely.’
    • ‘If the case went against him, Mr Messenger could be fined, suspended indefinitely or for a fixed period or struck off.’
    • ‘Is it therefore a tradition that should be perpetuated indefinitely, or should it be abandoned?’
    • ‘The purpose is achieved for a longer period, and quite possibly indefinitely, by an order of striking off.’
    • ‘Only non-British nationals can be detained indefinitely at Belmarsh.’
    • ‘It cannot indefinitely watch British foreign policy being defined on a Texas ranch, or in secret Pentagon meetings.’
    • ‘There is an outside chance it might be postponed indefinitely.’
    • ‘But we should not expect our troops to go on doing this indefinitely.’
    • ‘Several US embassies in the Middle East decided to close indefinitely.’
    • ‘I mean, there's always been an exit strategy in the sense that nobody wants to stay there indefinitely.’
    • ‘Rather than roll out a service that couldn't cope with demand, they subsequently decided to suspend it indefinitely.’
    • ‘However, British investors should not bank on the US currency boosting their returns indefinitely.’
    • ‘Once, people were shut up in bedlams - usually indefinitely and in terrible conditions.’
    • ‘The London Chair Authority are agitating for more pay, but to be honest the system could carry on indefinitely without them.’
    • ‘Brake problems have forced them to shut down the high speed Acela service indefinitely.’
    • ‘He worries that the community will be left without a hall indefinitely.’
    • ‘With strike pay at $100 per week, few bus drivers will be able to stay out indefinitely.’
    • ‘If they don't follow them, they're not going to be a part of the program, whether it be indefinitely or permanently.’
    • ‘China has delayed indefinitely its national ‘action plan’ on climate change, which was due to be released on Monday after exhaustive consultations among ministries in Beijing and provincial and local governments.’
    for an unspecified period, for an unspecified time, for an unlimited period, for an unlimited time, without a fixed limit
    forever, for always, for good, for good and all, evermore, for ever and ever, for all time, until the end of time, eternally, undyingly, permanently, perpetually, in perpetuity
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    1. 1.1as submodifier To an unlimited or unspecified degree or extent.
      ‘an indefinitely large number of channels’
      • ‘Indeed, the pentapartito period might have been indefinitely long had it not been for some unexpected events.’
      • ‘He would uncurl out of an indefinitely lengthy trance, and note with wonder that the ship was going the other way.’
      • ‘We mean by integration that faculty in the human mind whereby it is able to combine an indefinitely large number of impressions.’

Pronunciation

indefinitely

/ɪnˈdɛfɪnətli/