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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Recent Examples on the Web Culturally inappropriate aid inundated the indigenous peoples of the Nicobar Islands, who previously enjoyed a self-sufficient economy. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 So pop open the bottle of wine and enjoy yourself as senior food editor Rick Martinez translates from the Book of Ravioli. Bon Appétit, "92 Cooking Projects to Keep You Busy and Extremely Well Fed," 19 Mar. 2020 Or enjoy potatoes and cabbage in a different incarnation: mashed together and enriched with cream in colcannon. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our Best Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day," 16 Mar. 2020 Furthermore, the insurgent players will enjoy this stickiness as these learning modules will be device-agnostic and accessible on the go rather than being bound to the TV. Shahan Sud, Quartz India, "The global coronavirus scare may be Indian ed-tech’s inflection point," 11 Mar. 2020 Bryant, 57, was once a greeter at his church and enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus at Christmas. IndyStar, "16 falls. An amputated leg. An infected tailbone. Dire conditions in Indiana nursing homes.," 11 Mar. 2020 Vegetarians enjoyed a dinner of penne pasta with marinara sauce and chickpeas, and vegetables. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Celebrity Chef’s Non-Profit Feeds Thousands of Passengers Stuck on Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship," 11 Mar. 2020 Millions of Americans enjoy feeding and watching backyard birds. Popular Science, "Expert-approved ways to feed all your favorite birds," 8 Mar. 2020 However in recent years, Nigeria specifically and Africa in general have been enjoying a renaissance in its art industry with events like. Oluwatosin Adeshokan, Quartz Africa, "How a new museum in Lagos with art fit for a prince hopes to inspire and educate," 7 Mar. 2020

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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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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce enjoy (audio)

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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