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enjoy (ɪnˈdʒɔɪ Pronunciation for enjoy


verb (transitive)

  1. to receive pleasure from; take joy in
  2. to have the benefit of; use with satisfaction
  3. to have as a condition; experience   ⇒ the land enjoyed a summer of rain
  4. (archaic) to have sexual intercourse with
  5. See enjoy oneself

Derived Forms

enˈjoyable adjective
enˈjoyableness noun
enˈjoyably adverb
enˈjoyer noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French enjoir, from en-1 + joir to find pleasure in, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice


View thesaurus entry
= take pleasure in or from, like, love, appreciate, relish, delight in, revel in, be pleased with, be fond of, be keen on, rejoice in, be entertained by, find pleasure in, find satisfaction in, take joy in, Njoy,
= have, use, own, experience, possess, have the benefit of, reap the benefits of, have the use of, be blessed or favoured with, Njoy

Quotations including 'enjoy'

  • "Make hay while the sun shines"

Translations for 'enjoy'

  • British English: enjoyPronunciation for enjoy If you enjoy something, it gives you pleasure and satisfaction.I enjoy playing cricket.ɪnˈdʒɔɪ VERB
  • Arabic: يَسْتَمْتِعُ بِPronunciation for يَسْتَمْتِعُ بِ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: curtirPronunciation for curtirdivertir
  • Chinese: 享受Pronunciation for 享受
  • Croatian: uživatiPronunciation for uživati
  • Czech: užívat siPronunciation for užívat si užít si
  • Danish: nydePronunciation for nyde
  • Dutch: genietenPronunciation for genieten
  • European Spanish: disfrutarPronunciation for disfrutar
  • Finnish: nauttiaPronunciation for nauttia
  • French: apprécierPronunciation for apprécier
  • German: genießenPronunciation for genießen
  • Greek: απολαμβάνωPronunciation for απολαμβάνω
  • Italian: divertirsiPronunciation for divertirsi
  • Japanese: 楽しむPronunciation for 楽しむ
  • Korean: 즐기다Pronunciation for 즐기다
  • Norwegian: nytePronunciation for nyte
  • Polish: ucieszyć sięPronunciation for ucieszyć się cieszyć się
  • Portuguese: desfrutarPronunciation for desfrutardivertir
  • Romanian: a se bucura
  • Russian: получать удовольствие (от чего-либо)Pronunciation for получать удовольствие (от чего-либо)
  • Spanish: disfrutarPronunciation for disfrutar
  • Swedish: ha roligtPronunciation for ha roligt
  • Thai: สนุกสนานPronunciation for สนุกสนาน
  • Turkish: hoşlanmakPronunciation for hoşlanmak
  • Ukrainian: насолоджуватися насолодитися
  • Vietnamese: vui thíchPronunciation for vui thích

Example Sentences Including 'enjoy'

A Scotland where nobody is left behind, where everyone can enjoy the benefits of living in this country.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
And if you want to enjoy your day off, lad, I'd advise you to make yourself scarce.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
Building in it must, therefore, be carefully controlled, not alone for tourism but for future generations of Irish to enjoy ".
Irish Times (2002)
But Bridget could never bring herself to give to others what she herself would not enjoy.
Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 (2002)
But he's brought different ideas, like any coach does, and the boys enjoy going out training with him.
Irish Times (2002)
Certainly, from his analogy, dogs did not enjoy much honour in his homeland.
Fay Weldon NOTHING TO WEAR AND NOWHERE TO HIDE: A Collection of Short Stories
Go to this section GARDENS PLANTS Hampton Court Slideshow This year's Hampton Court show was dominated by gardens for children to enjoy.
Country Life (2004)
In this way he is able to enjoy a `light, agreeable dizziness' which enables him to walk at an unaccustomed speed.
James Cowan ABORIGINE DREAMING: Introduction to the Wisdom and Thought of the Aboriginal Traditions of Australia (2002)
The simple geometry and pure lines create a soothing environment in which to enjoy a swim.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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