- 1Time when one is not working or occupied; free time: people with too much enforced leisureMore example sentences
- Little did he realize the magnitude of the issue which he raised, and that it would occupy his leisure for nearly twenty years.
- Rather than giving up work at the age of 65, they will ‘cycle’ between periods of work and leisure well into their golden years.
- Intelligent soldiers never waste the long periods of leisure that characterize peacetime service.
- 1.1Use of free time for enjoyment: increased opportunities for leisure [as modifier]: leisure activitiesMore example sentences
- Making room for relaxation and enjoyment of leisure activities is vital for all of us.
- Campaigning youngsters are demanding more leisure activities and increased police patrols in the borough to clamp down on rowdy youths.
- I take enjoyment and satisfaction from my work, my family and leisure activities.
- 1.2 (leisure for/to do something) Opportunity afforded by free time to do something: writers with enough leisure to practise their artMore example sentences
- It is not often I have the leisure to idle my time away here.
- For a few days he would have the leisure for tasks such as gathering food and organizing, before another round of observations began.
- Recycling materials for use later was one of those issues taken up by people who had the leisure to think about such matters.
- 1Not occupied; free: the rest of the day can be spent at leisureMore example sentences
- Day three can be spent at leisure.
- 2In an unhurried manner: the poems were left for others to read at leisureMore example sentences
- Whether as a bedtime story, or as a novel to read at leisure, its pages will enthral any reader with a taste for adventure.
- The messages, which I could read at leisure, were mostly short but sweet, and comforting words were used that are not always easy to say face to face.
- Not least of these is the opportunity to cruise at leisure for miles and miles, reading a book on deck, taking charge at the helm or lazily watching the passing countryside.
at one's leisure
- At one’s convenience: wander at your leisure through the wide selection of shopsMore example sentences
- This enabled people to wander through at their leisure and view the school as a whole.
- The site looks promising and we ask you to give it a try at your leisure.
- Buying something online is fun because you can browse and pick and choose at your leisure, then have it delivered to your door.
lady (or man or gentleman) of leisure
- A person who does not need to earn a living.More example sentences
- We are not, in this day and age a place for the polishing of young men of leisure into gentlemanly ways.
- They are men of leisure, going on a voyage down the Thames River from Kingston to Oxford.
- But although that is now on hold, she has no plans of becoming a lady of leisure.
Middle English: from Old French leisir, based on Latin licere 'be allowed'.