[ en-joi ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to experience with joy; take pleasure in: He enjoys Chinese food.

  2. to have and use with satisfaction; have the benefit of: He enjoys an excellent income from his trust funds.

  1. to find or experience pleasure for (oneself): She seems to enjoy herself at everything she does.

  2. to undergo (an improvement): Automobile manufacturers have enjoyed a six-percent rise in sales over the past month.

  3. to have intercourse with.

Origin of enjoy

First recorded in1350–1400; Middle English enjoyen “to make joyful,” from Old French enjoier “to give joy to”; see en-1, joy

Other words for enjoy

Other words from enjoy

  • en·joy·er, noun
  • en·joy·ing·ly, adverb
  • pre·en·joy, verb (used with object)
  • re·en·joy, verb (used with object)
  • un·en·joyed, adjective
  • un·en·joy·ing, adjective
  • un·en·joy·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use enjoy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for enjoy


/ (ɪnˈdʒɔɪ) /

  1. to receive pleasure from; take joy in

  2. to have the benefit of; use with satisfaction

  1. to have as a condition; experience: the land enjoyed a summer of rain

  2. archaic to have sexual intercourse with

  3. enjoy oneself to have a good time

Origin of enjoy

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

Derived forms of enjoy

  • enjoyable, adjective
  • enjoyableness, noun
  • enjoyably, adverb
  • enjoyer, noun

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