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1pleasure

noun plea·sure \ˈple-zhər, ˈplā-\

: a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction : a pleasant or pleasing feeling

: activity that is done for enjoyment

: something or someone that causes a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction

Full Definition of PLEASURE

1
:  desire, inclination <wait upon his pleasure — Shakespeare>
2
:  a state of gratification
3
a :  sensual gratification
b :  frivolous amusement
4
:  a source of delight or joy
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Examples of PLEASURE

  1. I paint for the sheer pleasure of it.
  2. His grandparents took great pleasure in seeing him graduate from college.
  3. Is this trip for business or pleasure?
  4. It is a special pleasure for me to be here with you today.
  5. Now I can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with my family.

Origin of PLEASURE

Middle English plesure, alteration of plesir, from Anglo-French plaisir, from plaisir to please
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PLEASURE

2pleasure

verb
plea·suredplea·sur·ing \ˈplezh-riŋ, ˈplāzh-; ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā-\

Definition of PLEASURE

transitive verb
1
:  to give pleasure to :  gratify
2
:  to give sexual pleasure to
intransitive verb
1
:  to take pleasure :  delight
2
:  to seek pleasure

Examples of PLEASURE

  1. <a wine that is sure to pleasure even the most discriminating palate>

First Known Use of PLEASURE

1537

Rhymes with PLEASURE

PLEASURE Defined for Kids

pleasure

noun plea·sure \ˈple-zhər\

Definition of PLEASURE for Kids

1
:  a feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction <I take great pleasure in reading.>
2
:  recreation or enjoyment <Is the trip for business or pleasure?>
3
:  something that pleases or delights <It's been a pleasure working with you.>
4
:  a particular desire <What is your pleasure?>

Synonym Discussion of PLEASURE

pleasure, joy, and enjoyment mean the agreeable feeling that accompanies getting something good or much wanted. pleasure is used for a feeling of happiness or satisfaction that may not be shown openly. <He took pleasure in helping others.> joy is used for a radiant feeling that is very strong. <Hers is a life filled with joy.> enjoyment is used for a conscious reaction to something intended to make a person happy. <The songs added to our enjoyment of the movie.>
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