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enjoy

[ en-joi ]
/ ɛnˈdʒɔɪ /
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verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of enjoy

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English enjoyen “to make joyful,” from Old French enjoier “to give joy to”; see en-1, joy

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British Dictionary definitions for enjoy

enjoy
/ (ɪnˈdʒɔɪ) /

verb (tr)
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

Derived forms of enjoy

enjoyable, adjectiveenjoyableness, nounenjoyably, adverbenjoyer, noun

Word Origin for enjoy

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