en·​joy in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio)
enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys

intransitive verb

: to have a good time

transitive verb

: to have for one's use, benefit, or lot : experience
enjoyed great success
: to take pleasure or satisfaction in
enjoyable adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably adverb
enjoyer noun
enjoy oneself
: to have a good time

Example Sentences

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. See More
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Word History


Middle English enjoien, from Anglo-French enjoir, enjoier to gladden, enjoy, from en- + joie joy

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of enjoy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​joy in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio)
: to have or experience as a benefit or for one's use
enjoy great success
enjoying the freedom to pursue one's interests
: to take pleasure from
I didn't enjoy the movie
enjoyable adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably adverb

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