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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Children can play on the playground or take a dip in the pool while adults can enjoy the department’s Cornhole League and social environment. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 3 July 2019 So in honor of Independence Day, here is a look at some of the many ways San Diegans can declare our independence from the expected while enjoying our freedom of choice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego’s July Fourth alternatives: Fun without fireworks," 3 July 2019 While enjoying her European getaway, Witherspoon shared several photos to her Instagram over the weekend. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Reese Witherspoon Snuggles Up to Zoë Kravitz in Sweet Photo Following Costar's Wedding in Paris," 2 July 2019 From the oven to the table, create your own pizza using fresh and craveable ingredients while enjoying some oceanfront fun. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Fun things to do with the kids this weekend: July 4 - 7," 2 July 2019 Listen to classic party jams while enjoying barbecue fare like beer brats and sliders (both $12) and playing games of bags and beer pong. Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, "22 spots for 4th of July specials, from patriotic cocktails to a fireworks dinner cruise," 1 July 2019 As Harris County residents prepare to celebrate Independence Day with food, family and fireworks, local first responders and law enforcement ask people to keep their safety in mind while enjoying the holiday. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "First responders warn citizens to be careful with fireworks," 28 June 2019 All by itself, Wall-E’s sublime, dreamy opening sequence, in which a lonely android compacts trash on a desolate planet while enjoying the strains of Hello, Dolly!, would warrant its place at the top of our list. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 The plan was to bring Timmins in first while Makar was enjoying his sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Conor Timmins is back in the fold for the Avalanche," 26 June 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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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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