- 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 enjoyed
I enjoyed it, but thought it paled in comparison to their debut.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
By the early 1960s, Las Vegas enjoyed an influx of casino employees with experience in Havana.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?
John L. Smith
December 18, 2014
Halfway through his second term, Johnson has enjoyed a charmed life.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
Nancy enjoyed music and hearing birds chirp and the sound of children playing.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
But I also want jazz to be loved and enjoyed, to serve as a source of enchantment and delight.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
"Some portions of the evening I enjoyed exceedingly," replied Philothea.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.
But for the knowledge that he was a prisoner, Robert would have enjoyed his present situation.
There are others, perhaps, who have not been fully sensible of the privileges which they enjoyed.
There is a grandeur in the ruin to be enjoyed, as well as a scene of beauty from its towers.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- 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 enjoyed
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.