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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While the Pentagon submits nominations for the Medal of Honor, U.S. presidents have traditionally enjoyed complete discretion on the Medal of Freedom, which has taken on political overtones. David Nakamura, courant.com, "Rejected by sports teams, Trump finds a new method to handpick athletes for White House ceremonies," 17 Sep. 2019 Many of those clubs have enjoyed a significant bounce following those changes. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best player in MLS history?," 17 Sep. 2019 In his 17 years in the Iron Throne, Epstein has enjoyed one success after another with only a few short gaps in between. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Theo Epstein’s honeymoon could be over if the Cubs miss the playoffs," 17 Sep. 2019 Warren has enjoyed a day of consistent headlines, with the progressive, labor-focused group Working Families Party endorsing her over Bernie Sanders. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Elizabeth Warren unveils anti-corruption bill," 16 Sep. 2019 Cubans have historically enjoyed a singular set of immigration benefits. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Fight for the Latino Vote in Florida," 16 Sep. 2019 The Aggies have enjoyed one of the strongest stretches in program history over the past decade, making seven bowl appearances in the past eight seasons. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scouting Report: Utah State at Aztecs," 16 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Texas’ crimson-and-cream rival to the north has enjoyed a stretch of dominance unparalleled in Big 12 history. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns’ road back to Big 12 title game begins this week," 16 Sep. 2019 That’s a harsh post-recession reality that workers at all levels have felt as the nation’s wealthiest have enjoyed strong gains. Randy Essex, Detroit Free Press, "Who's an autoworker able to trust amid high GM profit and UAW scandal?," 16 Sep. 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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12 Oct 2019

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

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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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