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


decompression, 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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Still, others suggest that the balance of leisure and work is most important to health. WSJ, "Relaxation Guide For Stressful Times," 3 Nov. 2018 Spending more time on leisure activities, making healthy food and health care easier to obtain (via roving AVs that come to you), and taking the slog out of commuting does sound nice. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Ikea’s Space10 imagines the future of self-driving cars," 17 Sep. 2018 And much new construction has been driven by developers, which tend to put profit before the provision of leisure or communal facilities. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018 Soon after came the rise of leisure among those toiling in the industrial revolution — holidays bought factories time to retool — and its concomitant: sports as a pastime and spectacle. OregonLive.com, "'Kicks' gives us a lively, engaging history of the sneaker (book review)," 1 May 2018 Bill: Presented promptly upon request at the end of a luncheon that, despite the impression of unhurried leisure, proved to be the speediest of all. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 Created in 1948 by the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines international human rights applicable to every country and person, including access to health resources, education, employment, food, and leisure. Eva Lewis, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to Paris to Advocate for Human Rights in Chicago's South Side," 27 Nov. 2018 As crystalline a forecast of impending leisure as the Weekender aspires to be, there’s really no way to tell what the next few days are going to look like in America. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens," 28 June 2018 The rankings were based on infrastructure, median home value, health, crime rate, leisure, environment, poverty rate and education level (the percentage of the city population with at least a bachelor's degree). Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee was named the No. 10 worst city in the U.S. Here's why that's bunk," 13 June 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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