verb (used with object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
verb (used without object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
Origin of pleasure
Synonyms for pleasure
Related Words for pleasurefulgratifying, satisfying, enjoyable, acceptable, delightful, pleasant, mild, delicious, beneficial, pleasing, useful, helpful, fair, convenient, encouraging, benign, appropriate, suitable, good, favorable
- 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.