enjoy

verb
en·​joy | \ in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio) , en-\
enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys

Definition of enjoy

intransitive verb

: to have a good time

transitive verb

1 : to have for one's use, benefit, or lot : experience enjoyed great success
2 : to take pleasure or satisfaction in
enjoy oneself
: to have a good time

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Other Words from enjoy

enjoyable \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce enjoyable (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​blē How to pronounce enjoyably (audio) , en-​ \ adverb
enjoyer noun

Examples of enjoy in a Sentence

Relax and enjoy the view. He always enjoys a good laugh. No one enjoys being teased. She enjoyed great success in her new business. The show enjoyed a brief surge of popularity. They enjoyed a large income from their investments.
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Epic is a free, public school for children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 that has enjoyed explosive growth since it was founded by Chaney and Harris in 2011. Washington Post, "Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions," 17 July 2019 Marquee players in recent seasons have enjoyed a new degree of influence over salary issues, leaving franchises without many alternatives other than opening up their pocket books. Jacob Bogage, chicagotribune.com, "NFL players’ union rejects the latest proposal for an 18-game season," 14 July 2019 Grab a picnic, a blanket and a friend: the weather in Portland this weekend will be warm and breezy, perfect for enjoying the city’s parks and outdoor spaces. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Saturday weather: Warm through the weekend," 13 July 2019 Rwanda threw its weight behind the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), a Hema militia that had previously enjoyed Kampala’s support. The Economist, "Killings in Congo’s north-east spark fears of a return to war," 13 July 2019 Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels have been enjoyed by a global audience since the 1950s, and the films constitute the longest running and most profitable franchise in the history of the movies. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 The Minnesota lawmaker looks up to Pelosi and has enjoyed a positive relationship with the speaker, despite her criticisms of Israel that caused a major stir in the party. Mike Debonis, BostonGlobe.com, "Pelosi’s isolation gambit leaves four liberals, including Ayanna Pressley, struggling," 11 July 2019 Charter schools are the bluntest incarnation of education reform and have long enjoyed bipartisan support. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "The Messy Reality of Personalized Learning," 10 July 2019 Both stocks have enjoyed double-digit gains this year, buoyed by prospects that the Fed would cut interest rates, stimulating the U.S. housing market. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Home-Improvement Stocks Hammered Amid Powell Comments," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of enjoy

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for enjoy

Middle English enjoien, from Anglo-French enjoir, enjoier to gladden, enjoy, from en- + joie joy

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The first known use of enjoy was in the 15th century

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enjoy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enjoy

: to take pleasure in (something)
: to have or experience (something good or helpful)

enjoy

verb
en·​joy | \ in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio) \
enjoyed; enjoying

Kids Definition of enjoy

1 : to get pleasure from I enjoy camping.
2 : to have the use or benefit of We all enjoy good health.

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