en·​joy·​ment | \ in-ˈjȯi-mənt How to pronounce enjoyment (audio) , en- \

Definition of enjoyment

1a : the action or state of enjoying
b : possession and use the enjoyment of civic rights
2 : something that gives keen satisfaction the poorest life has its enjoyments and pleasures

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Examples of enjoyment in a Sentence

She always found sports to be a source of great enjoyment. I read the book strictly for my own enjoyment. the enjoyment of good health This is land set aside for the public's enjoyment.
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Recent Examples on the Web For example, even though few TV manufacturers focus on sound quality, that feature will have a big impact on your viewing enjoyment. David Nield, Popular Science, "Find the best smart TV for your viewing habits," 28 June 2020 There’s no reason the enjoyment of fantasy baseball – or any fantasy sport for that matter – should be limited to one particular group. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball must join the call for diversity," 15 June 2020 Here’s a sturdy hanging chair designed to deliver enjoyment while holding up to abusive weather. Popular Science, "Swinging chairs for a relaxing afternoon outside," 12 June 2020 That includes identifying and doing activities that bring people purpose and enjoyment, and can help break cycles of destructive thought and behavior. Elana Gordon, TheWeek, "Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health amid COVID-19," 10 June 2020 When Ongais stops for a swallow of Gatorade, his enjoyment is fairly bubbling through his Bates leathers. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Turbo Car vs. Turbo Bike: 1978 Porsche 930 Turbo vs. Kawasaki Z1-R TC," 10 June 2020 Remarkably, even sad music can bring great enjoyment. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience," 2 June 2020 Everywhere he's gone, he's delivered comfort and solace, not to mention enjoyment. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra cellist Mark Kosower seeks to inspire, heal with ‘Bach for Humanity’," 2 June 2020 And because each Scoops flavor relies on a coconut ice cream base, nut sensitivities pose no barrier to enjoyment. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Daily Harvest’s New Non-Dairy Ice Is Vying For Your Freezer Space," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of enjoyment

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of enjoyment was in 1553

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4 Jul 2020

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“Enjoyment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoyment. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enjoyment

: a feeling of pleasure caused by doing or experiencing something you like
: the condition of having and using something that is good, pleasant, etc.
: things that give you pleasure


en·​joy·​ment | \ in-ˈjȯi-mənt How to pronounce enjoyment (audio) \

Kids Definition of enjoyment

1 : the action or condition of getting pleasure or satisfaction from something The land is set aside for public enjoyment.
2 : something that gives pleasure life's simple enjoyments



Legal Definition of enjoyment

: personal benefit, use, or possession (as of rights or property) widows and widowers were relegated to lifetime enjoyment of the marital estates— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. specifically : the receipt of the fruits or profits of property — see also right of use, usufruct

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