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

Synonyms & Antonyms for enjoy


command, have, hold, own, possess, retain


lack, want

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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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While Miami’s other pitchers don’t have splits quite that extreme, the team has enjoyed better stats at home. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins pitchers downplay effect of Marlins Park on better home splits," 14 July 2018 Carton has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the rankings this summer, thanks to his performance on the AAU circuit and at other events. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "5-star basketball prospect D.J. Carton picks Ohio State over Michigan," 14 July 2018 The 31-year-old Portuguese international has previously enjoyed two stints at the Primeira Liga club between 2005-2007 and 2014-2014, making 113 appearances and scoring 23 goals for the club during these stints. SI.com, "Sporting CP Officially Confirm the Signing of Former Manchester United Star Nani," 11 July 2018 China’s developers have enjoyed years of robust growth, expanding aggressively to take advantage of cheap debt and a housing boom. Manju Dalal, WSJ, "Chinese Developers Sit Out Wider Asian Rally," 10 July 2018 Customers from all over can now enjoy Wang's perfect sushi rice and other offerings at Valparaiso's only sushi restaurant. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Furin Japanese Restaurant and Bar in Valparaiso," 10 July 2018 The musician has enjoyed a large and dedicated following of LGBTQ fans that have connected with his music, but Brendon has kept most details about his own sexuality vague until now. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco Came Out as Pansexual," 6 July 2018 Davidson designed her own Charles Bukowski–referencing T-shirt last year just for fun, and the two have enjoyed creating merch for this new album—their New Path merchandise looks more like a fake dystopian brand than fan gear. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Husband-and-Wife Montreal Synth Duo Essaie Pas Break Down Their Minimal Sound and Style," 6 July 2018 All three companies have enjoyed robust sales and profits as their industry has consolidated and demand for memory has climbed. David Staats And Ian King, idahostatesman, "A Chinese court just retaliated against Boise's Micron. Here's why, and what it means," 5 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of enjoy

: to take pleasure in (something)

: to have or experience (something good or helpful)


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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