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enjoy  (ɪnˈdʒɔɪ


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 (text messaging)
= have, use, own, experience, possess, have the benefit of, reap the benefits of, have the use of, be blessed or favoured with, Njoy (text messaging)

Quotations including 'enjoy'

  • "Make hay while the sun shines"

Translations for 'enjoy'

  • British English: enjoy If you enjoy something, it gives you pleasure and satisfaction.I enjoy playing cricket.ɪnˈdʒɔɪ VERB
  • Arabic: يَسْتَمْتِعُ بِ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: curtirdivertir
  • Chinese: 享受
  • Croatian: uživati
  • Czech: užívat si užít si
  • Danish: nyde
  • Dutch: genieten
  • European Spanish: disfrutar
  • Finnish: nauttia
  • French: apprécier
  • German: genießen
  • Greek: απολαμβάνω
  • Italian: divertirsi
  • Japanese: 楽しむ
  • Korean: 즐기다
  • Norwegian: nyte
  • Polish: ucieszyć się cieszyć się
  • Portuguese: desfrutardivertir
  • Romanian: a se bucura
  • Russian: получать удовольствие (от чего-либо)
  • Spanish: disfrutar
  • Swedish: ha roligt
  • Thai: สนุกสนาน
  • Turkish: hoşlanmak
  • Ukrainian: насолоджуватися насолодитися
  • Vietnamese: vui thích

Example Sentences Including 'enjoy'

But Bridget could never bring herself to give to others what she herself would not enjoy.
Salley Vickers INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 (2002)
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)
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


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