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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An incredible video shared by meteorologist James Spann shows what appears to be an exceedingly rare albino hummingbird enjoying a snack in Alabama. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Exceedingly Rare Albino Hummingbird Spotted in Alabama Backyard," 14 Aug. 2019 If the application process were squeezed into the existing timetable, some dons would have to spend the summer screening applicants rather than doing research (or enjoying the sun). The Economist, "Labour plans a shake-up of English university admissions," 13 Aug. 2019 So, check these items off your shopping list, and get back to enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation. CNN Underscored, "This popular kid's clothing brand just launched at Walmart and is perfect for back-to-school," 13 Aug. 2019 But by then, with filming wrapped up, all that was left for the crowd to do was enjoy hour-plus long sets from both Santana and Peter Frampton. Richard Ruelas, AZCentral.com, "Misfiled in the Don Bolles files: Filming 1976's 'A Star Is Born' at Sun Devil Stadium," 12 Aug. 2019 Check out our roundup here A good night's sleep is crucial to enjoying being in the outdoors. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Camping Checklist (So You're Prepared for Anything)," 10 Aug. 2019 The two, who have remained famously close despite their separation, were just spotted together in the Hamptons, enjoying a sweet double date with their current significant others, producer Brad Falchuk and actress Dakota Johnson. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exes Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Go on a Double Date With Their Partners," 8 Aug. 2019 One example: When men enjoy nurturing their children and therefore want to do more of it. Laurie Derose, The Conversation, "Gender equality at home takes a hit when children arrive," 8 Aug. 2019 Damian’s study also found that on average, firstborns enjoy a small IQ advantage over their younger siblings. Corinna Hartmann, Scientific American, "Does Birth Order Affect Personality?," 8 Aug. 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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