- to experience with joy; take pleasure in: He enjoys Chinese food.
- to have and use with satisfaction; have the benefit of: He enjoys an excellent income from his trust funds.
- to find or experience pleasure for (oneself): She seems to enjoy herself at everything she does.
- to undergo (an improvement): Automobile manufacturers have enjoyed a six-percent rise in sales over the past month.
- to have intercourse with.
Origin of enjoy
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Examples from the Web for enjoying
Since 2009, the goat has had a thriving Twitter presence as well, today enjoying up to nearly 8,000 followers.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
Prince George and his parents are enjoying their first Christmas in their magnificent country home.Prince George’s Christmas: Better Than Yours
December 24, 2014
“Enjoying the bubbles is as important as enjoying the wine,” Goldston says.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
The resulting product included four single-cask variants along with finished pictures of McKidd enjoying a glass of The Macallan.The Restaurant, Flask, And Photography Worthy of The Macallan Whisky
December 16, 2014
In fact, enjoying the show takes an extreme dedication to suspending disbelief.I Want to See Your Spreadsheets, Baby: MTV’s ‘Are You the One?’ Is a Mathematical Orgy
December 9, 2014
"Not at a boarding-house, at least," said that gentleman, enjoying the fun.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"Not so far as enjoying your company is concerned," said Linda.Her Father's Daughter
I'm so delighted to see her enjoying herself so much, for you know, she's wonderful.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
"I was in the drawing-room, enjoying my dinner," said Brillat-Savarin, beginning an anecdote.The Devil's Dictionary
Solon was enjoying his certainty that he held the key to the situation.Tiverton Tales
- to receive pleasure from; take joy in
- to have the benefit of; use with satisfaction
- to have as a condition; experiencethe land enjoyed a summer of rain
- archaic to have sexual intercourse with
- enjoy oneself to have a good time
Word Origin and History for enjoying
late 14c., "rejoice, be glad" (intransitive), from Old French enjoir "to give joy, rejoice, take delight in," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + joir "enjoy," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy); Sense of "have the use or benefit of" first recorded early 15c. (replacing Old English brucan; see brook (v.)).
Meaning "take pleasure in" is mid-15c. In modern use it has a tendency to lose its connection with pleasure: newspaper photo captions say someone enjoys an ice cream cone, etc., when all she is doing is eating it, and Wright's "English Dialect Dictionary" (1900) reports widespread use in north and west England of the phrase to enjoy bad health for one who has ailments. Related: Enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys.