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

Other Words from enjoy

enjoyable \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce enjoy (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​blē How to pronounce enjoy (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka enjoy the sunset at a weekend screening of Harris' new Netflix series Uncoupled in The Hamptons, New York. People Staff, Peoplemag, 6 Aug. 2022 With hot and cold attachments, enjoy the different effects of temperature therapy. Emily Burns, ELLE, 5 Aug. 2022 Take a seat at one of these restaurants or bakeries, enjoy a casual lunch or more upscale dinner, and be back in New York by bedtime. Esra Erol, Bon Appétit, 5 Aug. 2022 The rest of us, however, can still enjoy the automotive cornucopia of Car Week from the comfort of home. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2022 Cole worked as a hairdresser in London, New York, and Los Angeles before moving to Park City in 1979 to enjoy small-town living, and to transition to the real estate business. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 In October, Afrobeats and reggae enthusiasts can enjoy Lost In Riddum 2022, which will include performances from WizKid, Davido, Tems, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, and Burna Boy. Okla Jones, Essence, 4 Aug. 2022 Along the way, viewers will enjoy the textures Sheridan brings to a genre that is generally executed by the numbers. Mike Hale, New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Many people enjoy top-of-the-line kitchen appliances but only to an extent. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for enjoy


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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