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pleasure

play
noun plea·sure \ˈple-zhər, ˈplā-\

Simple Definition of pleasure

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pleasure

  1. 1 :  desire, inclination <wait upon his pleasure — Shakespeare>

  2. 2 :  a state of gratification

  3. 3 a :  sensual gratification b :  frivolous amusement

  4. 4 :  a source of delight or joy

Examples of pleasure in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of pleasure

Middle English plesure, alteration of plesir, from Anglo-French plaisir, from plaisir to please


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with pleasure


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pleasure

verb plea·sure

Definition of pleasure

pleasured

pleasuring

play \ˈplezh-riŋ, ˈplāzh-; ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give pleasure to :  gratify

  3. 2 :  to give sexual pleasure to

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to take pleasure :  delight

  6. 2 :  to seek pleasure



Examples of pleasure in a sentence

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



1537

First Known Use of pleasure

1537

Rhymes with pleasure



PLEASURE Defined for Kids

pleasure

play
noun plea·sure \ˈple-zhər\

Definition of pleasure for Students

  1. 1 :  a feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction <I take great pleasure in reading.>

  2. 2 :  recreation or enjoyment <Is the trip for business or pleasure?>

  3. 3 :  something that pleases or delights <It's been a pleasure working with you.>

  4. 4 :  a particular desire <What is your pleasure?>





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