from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In a leisurely manner; at a convenient time.

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  • adv. in an unhurried way or at one's convenience


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  • The box was too large to go into his pocket, but, having seated himself among some wistful Polack children, he placed it in his lap and devoured the contents at leisure during the performance.


  • I have taken my opportunity of seeing the Cardinal of Invrea, as you gave me in command, and have discoursed at leisure with him.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • "If you please to be at leisure to hear me, Madam," said Monsieur de Nemours, "I'll presently make you acquainted with the true state of the thing, and inform you of matters of so great importance to the Viscount, that I would not even have trusted the Prince of Cleves with them, had I not stood in need of his assistance to have the honour to see you."

    The Princess of Cleves

  • It was then, that at leisure hours he followed his studies, was deemed a member of Queen's-College, being entered among the students there, and might with other officers have had the degree of master of arts conferred on him by the members of the venerable convocation, but neglected it.

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • If read, they are dismal flat, and you can't think why you are brought together to hear a man read his works, which you could read so much better at leisure yourself; if delivered extempore, I am always in pain, lest the gift of utterance should suddenly fail the orator in the middle, as it did me at the dinner given in honour of me at the London Tavern.

    Selected English Letters

  • The cause may have been partly that continued triumph everywhere of the New Model Army which had brought the War obviously to its fag-end, and now, perhaps, suggested to Parliament and the Londoners the uncomfortable idea that the marching mass of Independency, relieved from its military labours, would soon be re - approaching the capital, and at leisure to review the proceedings of its masters.

    The Life of John Milton

  • And since you are at leisure to consider the moon, you may be enough to read Cleopatre, therefore I have sent you three tomes; when you have done with these you shall have the rest, and I believe they will please.

    The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54

  • Insomuch that after I had done with the Duke, and thence gone with Commissioner Pett to Mr. Lilly's, the great painter, who came forth to us; but believing that I come to bespeak a picture, he prevented us by telling us, that he should not be at leisure these three weeks; which methinks is a rare thing.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sep/Oct 1662

  • The Cardinal, during the ten days 'illness of the King, was at leisure to form his designs, and lead the Queen into resolutions agreeable to what he had projected; so that the King was no sooner dead but the Queen ordered the Constable to stay at Tournelles with the corpse of the deceased King in order to perform the usual ceremonies.

    The Princess of Cleves

  • And then at leisure they went all with the Bishop of Canterbury to his hermitage, and there they were together more than a month.

    Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 2


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