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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Once again, families can enjoy everything from an anti-aircraft gun nest and what is called the giant Hawk’s Nest — complete with giant eggs — perched on a ravine for bird watching and other interactive activities. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "The natural and historic charms at Fort Sheridan open to public again," 3 July 2018 The pilot was described by his son as a seasoned aviator who enjoys flying visitors around Ketchikan. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Retirement dream job’: Pilot of plane that crashed near Ketchikan is former Navy and commercial aviator," 11 July 2018 Shifting a collective set of expectations might have to start with those who enjoy the privileges of economic security, by openly prioritizing their lives outside the office and encouraging the same of colleagues and (especially) subordinates. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Clocking Out," 11 July 2018 This year, all eyes will be on the Murdoch family, who are currently enjoying a bidding war between Disney and Comcast for large parts of 21st Century Fox. NBC News, "Wine and Wimbledon: The personal touch in courting corporate mergers," 10 July 2018 But for those remote workers who enjoy ready access to friends, family or other telecommuting colleagues, the health risks seem minimal. Markham Heid, Time, "Is Working Remotely Bad for Your Health?," 9 July 2018 For those who enjoy the New Japan product, the company now enters into one of its most exciting times of the year as the G1 Climax begins next week on July 14. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Takeaways From New Japan, WWE and UFC After a Night in July That Changed the Business," 8 July 2018 Through all the scandal though, Camilla has held her own and been able to enjoy the lavish lifestyle that comes with being royalty. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Camilla Parker Bowles Gained a Large Net Worth Even Before Marrying Prince Charles," 6 July 2018 The couple, who enjoyed the summer sun as Meghan watched Harry play polo near Windsor last weekend, arrived at the reception at Marlborough House — a stone’s throw from St. James’s Palace in London — around 12:30 p.m. ET. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Dazzle at Royal Summer Party for Young Leaders," 5 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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