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[tar-ee] /ˈtær i/
verb (used without object), tarried, tarrying.
1.
to remain or stay, as in a place; sojourn:
He tarried in Baltimore on his way to Washington.
2.
to delay or be tardy in acting, starting, coming, etc.; linger or loiter.
3.
to wait.
verb (used with object), tarried, tarrying.
4.
Archaic. to wait for.
noun, plural tarries.
5.
a stay; sojourn.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English taryen to delay, tary a delay < ?
Related forms
tarrier, noun
untarried, adjective
untarrying, adjective
Synonyms
1. rest, lodge, stop, abide. 3. See wait.
Antonyms
1. leave.

tarry2

[tahr-ee] /ˈtɑr i/
adjective, tarrier, tarriest.
1.
of or like tar; smeared with tar.
Origin
1545-55; tar1 + -y1
Related forms
tarriness, noun
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  • To tarry over raising dividends, never mind suspending them, was seen as a confession of failure.
British Dictionary definitions for tarry

tarry

/ˈtærɪ/
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
1.
(intransitive) to delay in coming or going; linger
2.
(intransitive) to remain temporarily or briefly
3.
(intransitive) to wait or stay
4.
(transitive) (archaic or poetic) to await
noun (pl) -ries
5.
(rare) a stay
Derived Forms
tarrier, noun
Word Origin
C14 tarien, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tarry
v.

early 14c., "to delay, retard," of uncertain origin. Some suggest a connection to Latin tardare "to delay," or Old English tergan "to vex, irritate." Intransitive meaning "to linger" is attested from late 14c.

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