freedom from the demands of work or duty:
She looked forward to retirement and a life of leisure.
time free from the demands of work or duty, when one can rest, enjoy hobbies or sports, etc.:
Most evenings he had the leisure in which to follow his interests.
a work written with leisure and grace.
free or unoccupied:
the leisure class.
(of clothing) suitable to or adapted for wear during leisure; casual:
a leisure jacket.
designed or intended for recreational use:
leisure products like bowling balls and video games.
with free or unrestricted time.
without haste; slowly.
out of work; unemployed:
Because of the failure of the magazine, many experienced editors are now at leisure.
at one’s leisure, when one has free time; at one’s convenience:
Take this book and read it at your leisure.
time or opportunity for ease, relaxation, etc
(as modifier): leisure activities
ease or leisureliness
having free time for ease, relaxation, etc
not occupied or engaged
at one’s leisure, when one has free time
early 14c., leisir, “opportunity to do something” (as in phrase at (one’s) leisure), also “time at one’s disposal,” from Old French leisir (Modern French loisir) “capacity; permission; leisure, spare time; free will; idleness, inactivity,” noun use of infinitive leisir “be permitted,” from Latin licere “be permitted” (see licence). The -u- appeared 16c., probably on analogy of words like pleasure. Phrase leisured class attested by 1836.
at one’s leisure
- At his mercy
compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to […]
- At home
Also, at home. a reception of visitors at certain hours at one’s home. done or used in the home; intended for one’s home: a new line of at-home computers; at-home assignments for free-lance workers. a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. the place in which […]
- At instance of
a case or occurrence of anything: fresh instances of oppression. an example put forth in proof or illustration: to cite a few instances. Law. the institution and prosecution of a case. Archaic. urgency in speech or action. Obsolete. an impelling motive. to cite as an instance or example. to exemplify by an instance. to cite […]
- At intervals
an intervening period of time: an interval of 50 years. a period of temporary cessation; pause: intervals between the volleys of gunfire. a space between things, points, limits, etc.; interspace: an interval of ten feet between posts. Mathematics. the totality of points on a line between two designated points or endpoints that may or may […]