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

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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After others including Cailee Spaeny, Dree Hemingway, and Langley Fox took their seats for dinner (which acted as a welcome for new director Klaus Biesenbach), guests enjoyed a performance from Annie Sama for a soulful punctuation to end the night. Vogue, "Chloé and MOCA Make a Splash With Two New Exhibitions," 28 Nov. 2018 Someone with this zodiac sign will surely enjoy watching the antics that a rebellious young boy named Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) gets himself into. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Then enjoy putting your feet up as your kids actually play with it without any work on your part. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 The man enjoyed hunting and eating animals, including squirrels, and according to the report has eaten squirrel brains at least once. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Man Contracted a Rare, Fatal Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains," 17 Oct. 2018 Serve them in mini skillet dishes so every guest can enjoy a pie of their own. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "The Best Halloween Food Ideas for Your Adult Gathering," 2 Aug. 2018 But while Apple has been enjoying record revenue and profit for the past year, the same can’t be said for many of its suppliers. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Suppliers Suffer as It Struggles to Forecast iPhone Demand," 19 Nov. 2018 Visitors can watch the zoo’s carnivores enjoy raw, store-prepared turkeys, a treat that’s also an enrichment activity to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Holiday fun gets rolling with a turkey toss, trees, trains, treats and more," 14 Nov. 2018 The New York and Washington, DC, metropolitan areas enjoy a disproportionate share of the nation's high-paying jobs and suffer from some of the region's highest housing costs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions," 13 Nov. 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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