leisure

noun
lei·​sure | \ ˈlē-zhər How to pronounce leisure (audio) , ˈle-, ˈlā- How to pronounce leisure (audio) \

Definition of leisure

1 : freedom provided by the cessation of activities especially : time free from work or duties increase of leisure, diminution of hustle are the ends to be sought — Bertrand Russell
at leisure or at one's leisure
: in one's leisure time : at one's convenience read the book at her leisure

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Other Words from leisure

leisure adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for leisure

Synonyms

decompression, ease, relaxation, repose, rest

Antonyms

exertion, labor, toil, work

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Examples of leisure in a Sentence

I don't have much time for leisure. upon retiring, the elderly couple looked forward to a life of well-deserved leisure

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Here's a more likely reason: America's long history of prohibiting black people from enjoying public pools and beaches for leisure. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast Accommodations:Sun Square Cape Town Day 3: Cape Town Spend the day at leisure, discovering the charms of Cape Town on a variety of optional excursions. National Geographic, "Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five," 12 June 2019 Cruise travel has become the most popular form of U.S. leisure travel to the island, bringing 142,721 people in the first four months of the year, a more than 300 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the AP. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Cruise lines scramble after Trump bans trips to Cuba," 4 June 2019 Then, a slow, selective reintroduction of devices and apps, each one allowed back in the name of productivity and gratifying leisure. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "A Computer Scientist's Guide To Dumping the Needless Tech In Your Life," 25 Feb. 2019 Exercise isn't just a leisure-time activity anymore. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2 Things That Will Help Motivate You to Be More Active, According to a New Strava Report," 28 Nov. 2018 Many bars serve the tonic in its own bottle on the side, allowing the guest to pour in tonic at leisure, pondering the ratio as the ice melts on a hot afternoon al aire libre. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 Winter is in full swing—and the current climate makes scheduling a soak in the tub less about leisure and more about survival (albeit of the supremely tranquil variety). Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "From Luxurious Oils to Detoxing Soaks, How to Take the Perfect Winter Bath," 9 Jan. 2019 The sprawling villa, once a monastery, recalls a Sicily of opulent leisure and eccentric aristocrats. Washington Post, "Pruning olive trees is a balance of art, lore and science," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of leisure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for leisure

Middle English leiser, from Anglo-French leisir, from leisir to be permitted, from Latin licēre — see license entry 1

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leisure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leisure

: time when you are not working : time when you can do whatever you want to do
: enjoyable activities that you do when you are not working

leisure

noun
lei·​sure | \ ˈlē-zhər How to pronounce leisure (audio) \

Kids Definition of leisure

: free time
at leisure or at someone's leisure
1 : in a way that is not hurried
2 : when there is free time available
3 : not busy

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