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Definition of "tarry" []

  • To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing. See Synonyms at stay1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To wait. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain or stay temporarily, as in a place; sojourn. (verb-intransitive)
  • Archaic To wait for; await. (verb-transitive)
  • A temporary stay; a sojourn. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tarry" in a sentence
  • "By secondary reactions they may yield some furfural, but as they are highly reactive compounds, and most readily condensed, they are for the most part converted into complex 'tarry' products."
  • "This work of organization was fitly entrusted to St. John, who for so many years was left upon earth to "tarry" for the Lord, on Whose Breast he had leaned, and Whose teaching had filled his soul with adoring love, and with those depths of spiritual knowledge which are stored up for us in the "Theological Gospel.""
  • "He should "tarry" (shebh, imperative from yashabh; here not in the sense of "dwell" but "tarry") just long enough to carry out the injunction laid upon him."