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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Our plan was to enjoy our remaining lives – brother and sister living together – and share expenses. Detroit Free Press, "Vaccination questions raise privacy concerns," 16 Feb. 2021 The superficially equalizing promise that customers everywhere can enjoy unprecedented convenience with a mere click has intensified the differences in the choices available to the rich and the poor. Vauhini Vara, The Atlantic, "The One-Click Curse," 12 Feb. 2021 Failing eyesight meant that Mirigian could best enjoy Giants games if her daughter put the TV very close to her face and then provided a running narration of the play-by-play. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's oldest resident dies at age 114," 12 Feb. 2021 For now, Holtan hopes those who hear the station at ChangePoint will enjoy the station and leave with a positive experience of public health. Author: J. Besl, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage has a new radio station just for people waiting in cars for a coronavirus test," 5 Feb. 2021 Vilsack seems to enjoy bipartisan support and faced no serious criticism from Republicans on the committee. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "Agriculture secretary nominee Vilsack endorses biofuels push," 2 Feb. 2021 It will soon be taken to the National Museum Cardiff for future generations to enjoy and for scientists to study, the museum said in a statement. NBC News, "Four-year-old girl discovers 220 million-year-old dinosaur footprint at a beach in Wales," 30 Jan. 2021 Children age six to 11 can enjoy Harry Potter trivia and make a craft at 4:30 p.m. of Feb. 3. Shellie Lister | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany Libraries land grant to teach the history of voting in America," 25 Jan. 2021 Add a pair to your snow gear and enjoy hours of sun and snow out on the slopes. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best ski goggles: What to look for in a pair you’ll love," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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