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delight

[ dih-lahyt ]
/ dɪˈlaɪt /
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noun

a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.

verb (used with object)

to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.

verb (used without object)

to have great pleasure; take pleasure (followed by in or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.

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RELATED WORDS

satisfaction, joy, glee, contentment, pleasure, satisfy, gratify, rejoice, thrill, attract, amuse, please, cheer, entertain, charm, enrapture, enchant, wow, fascinate, jollity

Nearby words

deliciously, deliciousness, delict, deligate, deligation, delight, delighted, delightedly, delightful, delightsome, delilah

Origin of delight

1175–1225; (v.) respelling, after light1, of earlier delite, Middle English deliten < Anglo-French deliter, Old French delitier < Latin delectāre (see delectable); (noun) respelling (as above) of Middle English delit < Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of v.
SYNONYMS FOR delight
3 charm, enrapture.
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British Dictionary definitions for delight

delight

/ (dɪˈlaɪt) /

verb

(tr) to please greatly
(intr foll by in) to take great pleasure (in)

noun

extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
something that causes thismusic was always his delight
Derived Formsdelighter, noun

Word Origin for delight

C13: from Old French delit, from deleitier to please, from Latin dēlectāre, from dēlicere to allure, from de- + lacere to entice; see delicious; English spelling influenced by light
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