- the state or feeling of being pleased.
- enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking; gratification; delight.
- worldly or frivolous enjoyment: the pursuit of pleasure.
- recreation or amusement; diversion; enjoyment: Are you traveling on business or for pleasure?
- sensual gratification.
- a cause or source of enjoyment or delight: It was a pleasure to see you.
- pleasurable quality: the pleasure of his company.
- one's will, desire, or choice: to make known one's pleasure.
- to give pleasure to; gratify; please.
- to take pleasure; delight: I pleasure in your company.
- to seek pleasure, as by taking a holiday.
Origin of pleasure
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Examples from the Web for pleasuring
Arias claimed she had once caught him pleasuring himself while looking at photos of a little boy wearing only underwear.Will Jodi Arias Go Free?
May 3, 2013
Darkness was coming on, and for a while he played about among the trees, pleasuring in his freedom.White Fang
He is off pleasuring, and the other is here planning and toiling.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
I shall look after her clothes, education, pleasuring, as if she were my own child.Sisters Three
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Come, mama; you don't grudge them a day's pleasuring, I'm sure.Esther's Charge
Their pleasuring is on so large a scale that you cannot make it fit your times or necessities.
- 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
- amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
- (as modifier)a pleasure boat; pleasure ground
- euphemistic sexual gratification or enjoymenthe took his pleasure of her
- a person's preference or choice
- (when intr, often foll by in) to give pleasure to or take pleasure (in)
Word Origin and History for pleasuring
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.