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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Recent Examples on the Web The fireworks show has been redesigned to help increase the viewing area throughout Fairfield so residents can enjoy them from the comfort of home. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Fourth of July fireworks, parades and what's canceled in Cincinnati," 1 July 2020 Homeowners enjoy resort-style amenities, including acres of green space, a greenbelt along Duck Creek, a modern farmhouse barn amenity center, a swimming pool, miles of trails, an expansive dog park and perennial gardens. Dallas News, "Villas ready in new Garland community," 28 June 2020 Players enjoy visiting with friends and former teammates on other teams, which is understandable. Tom Moore, USA TODAY, "Moore: It’s only a matter of time before more pros test positive," 20 June 2020 Those of you who are regular readers of my column, are aware of my love of figs (Upside-Down Fig Cake), and while fresh ripe figs can be tricky to find right now, there are still ways to enjoy them frozen, dried and in preserves. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Rosemary, fig & goat cheese ice cream," 18 June 2020 Subscribers enjoy unlimited access to newyorker.com and New Yorker apps. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Frequently Asked Questions," 12 June 2020 Many of them enjoy critical acclaim and extended runs. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A&E cancels 'Live PD' police series as protests against police brutality continue," 11 June 2020 Her pet-sitting and dog-walking business, which is considered an essential service in New York, has taken a significant hit too, though Tserng has continued to work through the pandemic and in some ways, even enjoy it. Erika Fry, Fortune, "The Coronavirus Economy: It’s tough, but the pet-sitting business hasn’t totally gone to the dogs," 8 June 2020 Sports opinion hacks enjoy athletes who can stretch the conversation. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto sees the world from a wider lens," 8 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce enjoy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enjoy

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


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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