verb (used with object)
Origin of enjoy
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|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Halfway through his second term, Johnson has enjoyed a charmed life.
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|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I also want jazz to be loved and enjoyed, to serve as a source of enchantment and delight.
The son at this period would have awoke him, but he became more composed, for a time, and enjoyed apparently a refreshing sleep.Fardorougha, The Miser|William Carleton
It was a lovely morning and they enjoyed their walk very much.Ella Clinton|Martha Farquharson
He enjoyed these after-dinner naps, and the place was conducive to them.The Rival Campers Ashore|Ruel Perley Smith
It must be remembered that, since the steamer went down, the only rest I had enjoyed was while sitting over the fire with Marcus.The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith|W.H.G. Kingston
But I knew very well that he endured rather than enjoyed their society.A Tatter of Scarlet|S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for enjoyed
Word Origin for enjoy
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.