Meaning of “leisure” in the English Dictionary

"leisure" in English

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leisurenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈleʒ.ər/ us /ˈliː.ʒɚ/

B1 the time when you are not working or doing other duties:

leisure activities
Most people only have a limited amount of leisure time.
The town lacks leisure facilities such as a swimming pool or squash courts.

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(Definition of “leisure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"leisure" in American English

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leisurenoun [ U ]

us /ˈli·ʒər, ˈleʒ·ər/

the time when you are free from work or other duties and can relax:

She has a limited amount of leisure time.
adjective us /ˈli·ʒər·li, ˈleʒ·ər-/

a leisurely stroll on the beach


(Definition of “leisure” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"leisure" in Business English

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leisurenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈleʒər/ us /ˈliːʒər/

COMMERCE activities people do when they are not working, to relax and enjoy themselves:

Shares in the leisure sector have not performed so well this year.
Hotels, airlines and other firms in the leisure industry may suffer.
leisure activities/pursuits
a leisure complex/development
leisure facilities
at (your) leisure

when you want to and when you have time to:

Developments in technology mean we can now do banking transactions at our leisure.

(Definition of “leisure” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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As far as leisure activities are concerned, a growing number of amateur sailors have equipped their yachts with satellite-based navigation technology.
Information is the raw material of the content industry, and, in addition, multimedia fully exploits the opportunities afforded by the entertainment and leisure industry in order to increase production.
We need to apply the technology, however, so that leisure activities cause the minimum possible exhaust emissions and the minimum possible noise.
I would willingly raise the requirements for environmental standards for leisure boat engines in the future, but realistic specifications would then have to be set.
I think we still have problems for the entertainment and leisure industry but the rest of industry and the workers will find this directive very easy to live with.
Furthermore, we cannot continue simply seeking a better reconciliation of working life and family life, of working time and leisure time.
As leisure boaters' red diesel usage makes up less than 0.05% of the country's diesel consumption, the environmental benefits are essentially negligible.
Such a ban should also extend to parks, public gardens, sports and leisure areas, school grounds, children's playgrounds and similar locations.
I am talking about security, specifically, today and tomorrow, every day, in the streets, at work, at leisure and at home, on land, at sea, in the air.
I think it is correct that we eliminate small aerodromes just serving the recreational or leisure aspects of flying and take them outside the scope.