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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leisure adjective

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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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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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The first known use of leisure was in the 14th century

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19 May 2022

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“Leisure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisure. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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