en·​joy in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio)
enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys

intransitive verb

: to have a good time

transitive verb

: to have for one's use, benefit, or lot : experience
enjoyed great success
: to take pleasure or satisfaction in
enjoyable adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably adverb
enjoyer noun
enjoy oneself
: to have a good time

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Example Sentences

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 Following the win, Dunn has big goals for his Moeller team, saying the team will enjoy the moment but go back to work immediately. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 24 Sep. 2022 George and Amal Clooney enjoy a date night on Sept. 22 in N.Y.C. People Staff, Peoplemag, 24 Sep. 2022 Now, everyone who cares about the orange helmets can relax a bit and enjoy their team beating Pittsburgh Thursday night on national television. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2022 Guests can meet Trudsoe, enjoy music from DJ Chemics, and watch the episode on a giant screen on the hotel’s roof. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 Every year, the Italian-American restaurant lets customers enjoy a four-course family style meal right at their own homes. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 23 Sep. 2022 Many kids are ready for—and enjoy—heavy literature. Elise Hannum, The Atlantic, 23 Sep. 2022 But the principles underpinning the experiment -- that apartment dwellers should enjoy access to outdoor space, views in multiple directions and the opportunity to interact with nature and neighbors -- defined his work thereafter. Oscar Holland, CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 The staffers who for years had stage-managed such events for once got to take their seats and just enjoy the theatrical elements of the White House. Philip Elliott, Time, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English enjoien, from Anglo-French enjoir, enjoier to gladden, enjoy, from en- + joie joy

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of enjoy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition



en·​joy in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio)
enjoyed; enjoying
: to get pleasure from
I enjoy camping.
: to have the use or benefit of
We all enjoy good health.

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