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  1. (intransitive, dated) To delay; to be late or tardy in beginning or doing anything.
    It is true that the Messiah will come, though he may tarry. (Hitchens ↗ quoting translated Maimonides)
  2. (intransitive, dated) To linger in expectation of something or until something is done or happens.
  3. (intransitive, dated) To abide, stay or wait somewhere, especially if longer than planned.
  4. (intransitive, dated) To stay somewhere temporarily; to sojourn.
  5. (transitive, dated) To wait for; to stay or stop for; to allow to linger.
    He plodded on, […] tarrying no further question.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 1
      He that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 5, Scene 5
      Fly, fly, my lord. There is no tarrying here.
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tarry (plural tarries)

  1. A sojourn.
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tarry (comparative tarrier, superlative tarriest)

  1. Resembling tar.
  2. Covered with tar.
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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