enjoy

verb
en·​joy | \ in-ˈjȯi, 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 , en-​ \ adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​blē , 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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One risk is that these popular online retailers might not enjoy the same success in the physical world. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "In New York, a Glitzy New Mall Devotes a Floor to Online Retailers," 15 Jan. 2019 The house sits at an angle in line with the mountain range to the south so that the sprawling front balcony and main room enjoy striking views. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir is a French show that’s been dubbed so English-speaking kids can enjoy it too. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "A dozen streamable shows and movies that kids can watch (and parents will like)," 24 Dec. 2018 Spice up your steak with smoked paprika and garlic for a meal that the whole family will enjoy. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoked Paprika Steak and Lentils with Spinach," 19 Dec. 2018 Take your pick of lobster, prawns, or crab, grab a cold one, and enjoy. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Flights to Lisbon from $539 Round-Trip," 14 Dec. 2018 Definitely some exciting stuff that Princess Charlotte and Prince George would enjoy: Meanwhile, her sister, Pippa, was in charge of putting the company blog together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kate and Pippa Middleton Had Secret Jobs That You've Never Heard About," 10 Dec. 2018 Two of the three Weird Sisters, Tati Gabrielle and Abbey Cowen were also in attendance, enjoying the night and dancing with everyone. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" and "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Casts Celebrated Halloween Together and It’s Totally Epic," 1 Nov. 2018 One video posted to Jen's YouTube page shows the family enjoying the 2012 Project Earth Festival in Minnesota. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 3: 'The Perfect People'," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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More Definitions for enjoy

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 \
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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