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pleasure

[ plezh-er ]
/ ˈplɛʒ ər /
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noun
verb (used with object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
to give pleasure to; gratify; please.
verb (used without object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
to take pleasure; delight: I pleasure in your company.
to seek pleasure, as by taking a holiday.
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Origin of pleasure

First recorded in1325–75; late Middle English (see please, -ure); replacing Middle English plaisir, from Middle French (noun use of infinitive), from Latin placēre “to please”

synonym study for pleasure

1. Pleasure, enjoyment, delight, joy refer to the feeling of being pleased and happy. Pleasure is the general term: to take pleasure in beautiful scenery. Enjoyment is a quiet sense of well-being and pleasurable satisfaction: enjoyment at sitting in the shade on a warm day. Delight is a high degree of pleasure, usually leading to active expression of it: delight at receiving a hoped-for letter. Joy is a feeling of delight so deep and so lasting that one radiates happiness and expresses it spontaneously: joy at unexpected good news.

OTHER WORDS FROM pleasure

pleas·ure·ful, adjectivepleas·ure·less, adjectivepleas·ure·less·ly, adverban·ti·pleas·ure, noun, adjective
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How to use pleasure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pleasure

pleasure
/ (ˈplɛʒə) /

noun
an agreeable or enjoyable sensation or emotionthe pleasure of hearing good music
something that gives or affords enjoyment or delighthis garden was his only pleasure
  1. amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
  2. (as modifier)a pleasure boat; pleasure ground
euphemistic sexual gratification or enjoymenthe took his pleasure of her
a person's preference or choice
verb
(when intr, often foll by in) to give pleasure to or take pleasure (in)

Derived forms of pleasure

pleasureful, adjectivepleasureless, adjective

Word Origin for pleasure

C14 plesir, from Old French; related to Old French plaisir to please
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