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 Guests can also enjoy the butterfly plant sale, ladybug release as well as other activities. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, "Celebrate Earth Day/Arbor Day 2021 with free trees, craft projects," 8 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, the undiseased could enjoy the three-martini lunches and suburban cocktail parties that symbolized the postwar American good life. Trysh Travis, The Conversation, "Misunderstanding addiction breeds despair and suffering – and, for alleged Atlanta shooter, violence," 7 Apr. 2021 Miles, 54, did enjoy steady improvement in his five seasons (2007-2012) at Colorado State as the Rams went 7-25 in his first season and 20-12 with an NCAA Tournament berth in his final season. Staff And News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Jose State hires ex-Nebraska head coach Tim Miles to lead men's basketball team," 6 Apr. 2021 All employees — regardless of gender, orientation or ethnicity — should enjoy equal opportunities and the chance to succeed. Elaine Montilla, Forbes, "Five Actions A Company Can Take To Retain Female IT Talent," 6 Apr. 2021 Visitors to the train will enjoy all new features, starting and ending at the Manitou Depot, a new passenger platform and viewing deck. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "America’s Highest Railway Just Got a $100 Million Makeover — and It's Finally Reopening to the Public," 6 Apr. 2021 Families also could enjoy pony rides in the park and a traveling petting zoo, that included sheep, a goat and a llama, on a sunny spring day when the temperature neared 70 degrees. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Sun shines on Easter Bunny, egg hunt and ponies in Indian Head Park," 5 Apr. 2021 Visitors can also enjoy paddling adventures, zip-lining, preschool activities and camps. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "5 fun ways to spend a day in Cumming," 5 Apr. 2021 Times Square began to enjoy a reputation as a bohemian enclave a decade or two after it was named (for the newspaper), in 1904. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Making of “Midnight Cowboy,” and the Remaking of Hollywood," 5 Apr. 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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11 Apr 2021

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“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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