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delight

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noun de·light \ di-ˈlīt , dē- \

Definition of delight

1 :a high degree of gratification or pleasure :joy
  • children squealing in delight
; also :extreme satisfaction
  • seems to take delight in the misfortunes of others
2 :something that gives great pleasure
  • her performance was a delight
3 archaic :the power of affording pleasure
  • of more delight than hawks or horses be
  • —Shakespeare

Examples of delight in a Sentence

  1. We watched the fireworks with delight.

  2. The kids screamed in delight as they chased one another around the park.

  3. To the delight of the children, there were enough cookies for everyone to have two.

  4. Some people seem to take great delight in hearing about the misfortunes of others.

  5. The trip was a delight.

  6. a garden full of tasty delights

  7. The magazine is a cook's delight.

  8. The stories are a delight to read.

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Origin and Etymology of delight

delight Synonyms


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delight

verb

Definition of delight

intransitive verb
1 :to take great pleasure
  • delighted in playing the guitar
2 :to give keen enjoyment
  • a book certain to delight
transitive verb
:to give joy or satisfaction to
  • Her books delight readers of all ages.

delighter

noun

Examples of delight in a Sentence

  1. The toy delighted the children.

  2. The stories will delight readers of all ages.

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Origin and Etymology of delight

Middle English deliten, from Anglo-French deliter, from Latin delectare, frequentative of delicere to allure, from de- + lacere to allure

delight Synonyms



DELIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

delight

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noun

Definition of delight for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction

  • : something that makes you very happy : something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction


delight

verb

Definition of delight for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) very happy : to give (someone) great pleasure or satisfaction


DELIGHT Defined for Kids

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delight

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noun de·light \ di-ˈlīt \

Definition of delight for Students

1 :great pleasure or satisfaction :joy
  • The baby clapped with delight.
2 :something that gives great pleasure
  • Visiting with them was a delight.

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delight

verb

Definition of delight for Students

delighted; delighting
1 :to take great pleasure
  • Grandma delights in showing us her old photos.
2 :to give joy or satisfaction to
  • The show delights all ages.


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