lei·sure | \ˈlē-zhər, ˈle-, ˈlā- \

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


ease, relaxation, repose, rest


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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Under Handy’s leadership, San Antonio International Airport saw record passenger traffic last year and has aggressively added dozens of nonstop routes to destinations demanded by leisure and business travelers. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio aviation director talks travel ban, airport construction and flying the F-22," 9 July 2018 The biggest gains in the Mary report were in the leisure and hospitality sector, followed by professional and business services, construction and manufacturing. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland unemployment rate holds steady in May at 4.3 percent," 15 June 2018 Breakfast is set up for everyone to have at their leisure. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Interior Designer Charlotte Moss Shares Her Secrets to Summer Entertaining," 7 June 2018 This amount of detail, and the decision to let it be optionally explored and digested by the player at their leisure, is impressive and contributes to crafting one of the most believable representations of a futuristic setting in recent memory. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Detroit: Become Human' — Game Review," 24 May 2018 Dogs wander in and out of establishments at their leisure. San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Bolinas and Stinson Beach," 17 May 2018 Rent a pontoon boat at Big Bear Marina and float around the lake at your leisure. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Memorial Day Getaways That Squeeze the Most Out of Your Day Off," 15 May 2018 Their villas are, for the most part, borrowed or rented; their leisure is not a noble privilege but an entitlement granted by the French republic. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 Pizza lovers probably thought that the Notting Hill Pizza Festival seemed like a dream: unlimited slices dished out by Italian pizzaiolos for the price of admission, eaten at your leisure during the event on Friday. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Pizza Festival Doesn't Exactly Deliver the Slices After Oven Breaks," 14 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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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


lei·sure | \ˈlē-zhər \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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