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leisure (the now somewhat archaic sense of ‘opportunity’ is freq.; 3 cf. Greek σχολῇ; in H8 III. ii. 141 “spiritual ” =‘time withdrawn from earthly business and devoted to religious duties’)
1. pl.=leisure moments Compl. 193.
2. “attend, stay (upon), tarry, wait for” a person's “leisure,” wait until he is unoccupied, wait his time Ado I. iii. 17, Mer.V. I. i. 68, John II. i. 58, 1H4 I. iii. 258, Mac. I. iii. 148, III. ii. 3.
3. “by leisure,” barely, not at all Tit I. i. 301 “I'll trust, by leisure, him that mocks me once.”
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