verb (used with object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
verb (used without object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
Origin of pleasure
Synonyms for pleasure
Examples from the Web for pleasure
Contemporary Examples of pleasure
Pleasure shoots magically in every direction like an explosion of sparks.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
I had the pleasure of meeting Stuart Scott several years ago.Remembering ESPN’s Sly, Cocky, and Cool Anchor Stuart Scott
January 4, 2015
They get $8 million to dredge the channel for pleasure boats to sail to Catalina Island.Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving
P. J. O’Rourke
December 20, 2014
I tell him about the Pleasure Chest--a Hollywood shop that sells sexual paraphernalia.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
On top of the pleasure (or pain), the clients who saw Mistress Carla received their own additional perks.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of pleasure
He would say that his was a trip of business, and not pleasure, and hard work he had.Explorations in Australia
She laughed her little laugh of pleasure, and thanked him prettily for the compliment.Viviette
William J. Locke
At last, I asked, if it were his pleasure that I should pour him out another dish?
Dearest Madam, forgive me: it was always my pride and my pleasure to obey you.
Do not occasion me uneasiness, when I would give you nothing but pleasure.
- amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
- (as modifier)a pleasure boat; pleasure ground
Word Origin for pleasure
late 14c., "condition of enjoyment," from Old French plesir, also plaisir "enjoyment, delight, desire, will" (12c.), from noun use of infinitive plaisir (v.) "to please," from Latin placere "to please, give pleasure, be approved" (see please (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in -ure (measure, etc.). Meaning "sensual enjoyment as the chief object of life" is attested from 1520s.
1530s, "to take pleasure in;" 1550s as "give pleasure to," from pleasure (n.). Sexual sense by 1610s. Related: Pleasured; pleasuring.