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 enjoyable (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​blē How to pronounce enjoyably (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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South Carroll hadn’t enjoying a volleyball victory since the 2016, but the Cavaliers downed host Manchester Valley in three sets to win its season opener Tuesday in Carroll County Athletic League action. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Varsity Roundup (Sept. 10): South Carroll volleyball ends long losing streak," 11 Sep. 2019 Supporting top talent The foreign faculty members that ScienceInsider interviewed have enjoyed generous support to set up their labs and fund their research, as well as housing and travel allowances that supplemented their salaries. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "When Europeans do science in China," 11 Sep. 2019 Combine this with a WHIP of 1.018 and 137 strikeouts as the right-hander is enjoying a solid rookie season (8-7 in 24 starts). Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres odds, picks and betting tips," 11 Sep. 2019 The president enjoys wide popularity within his own party, but a GOP defeat in a red-leaning state could portend trouble for his reelection campaign. Jonathan Lemire, Fortune, "Trump Uses North Carolina Campaign Rally to Slam ‘American-Hating Left’," 10 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year skywatchers enjoyed a rare ‘super blood Moon’ as the Earth’s natural satellite turned a stunning shade of red. Fox News, "Get set for 'spooky' Friday 13th Harvest Moon," 10 Sep. 2019 Most dogs enjoy the strong scent of pig ears, but these chews are frequently contaminated with bacteria like Salmonella, which can be dangerous for both dogs and people who come into contact with the chews. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: How to ‘chews’ the best dog chew toys," 9 Sep. 2019 Lorraine enjoyed fruit and grape farming while in Ripley. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 9/9," 9 Sep. 2019 Lacto-vegetarians include dairy foods, but no eggs, whereas ovo-vegetarians enjoy eggs, but no dairy. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole: Fiber rich and vegetarian," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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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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