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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Both brothers enjoyed building things, and industrial arts was a new subject in many high schools. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 Every day: Residents of all ages can enjoy velodrome cycling. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Winnie enjoyed family, friends, reading, shopping, and having a good laugh. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 While Louisville suffered serious turnover during the NFL draft season — losing Lamar Jackson, Jaire Alexander and Geron Christian as early entrants — its in-state rival enjoyed the opposite fate. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Kentucky again," 13 July 2018 Ticket reseller StubHub and restaurant delivery service Grubhub finally enjoy their inevitable pairing. David Pogue, Scientific American, "Megamergers I’d Like to See," 13 July 2018 In addition to their later in life barkeep duties, Mary Ellen and Parnell enjoyed careers with Hollywood highlights. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018 Mamic, who for a long time was the most powerful man in Croatian football and enjoyed a close relationship with the president of the football federation (HNS), former striker Davor Suker, was brought to trial. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Luka Modric's Croatia Success Story Comes With Complications," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, performers enjoy dressing rooms built around rock formations. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 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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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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