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enjoyment

[en-joi-muh nt]
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noun
  1. the act of enjoying.
  2. the possession, use, or occupancy of anything with satisfaction or pleasure: to have the enjoyment of a large income.
  3. a particular form or source of pleasure: Hunting is his greatest enjoyment.
  4. Law. the exercise of a right: the enjoyment of an estate.

Origin of enjoyment

First recorded in 1545–55; enjoy + -ment
Related formspre·en·joy·ment, nounre·en·joy·ment, nounself-en·joy·ment, noun

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2. delight, gratification. See pleasure.
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Examples from the Web for enjoyment

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  • As for the child, he gave himself wholly to the enjoyment of a stick of candy.

    Other Tales and Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Money means to the traveller not only health, enjoyment, comfort, but knowledge.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Beyond this she had little time for enjoyment, for she had so much work to do.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Weary Willie was the only man of them all who appeared to find any enjoyment in the situation.

  • The revulsion accentuated her enjoyment of the picturesque aspects of the scene.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for enjoyment

enjoyment

noun
  1. the act or condition of receiving pleasure from something
  2. the use or possession of something that is satisfying or beneficial
  3. something that provides joy or satisfaction
  4. the possession or exercise of a legal right
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Word Origin and History for enjoyment

n.

1550s, from enjoy + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper