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 Across 1,357 people in their sample, the researchers found that enjoyment seekers had less passion for their work and changed jobs more frequently than meaning seekers. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "4 Rules For Identifying Your Life’s Work," 21 May 2020 In addition to providing vast amounts of entertainment and enjoyment, the video aims to raise money for the Actors Fund. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Watch Hairspray stars from Broadway, movies, more sing the musical's feel-good finale," 15 May 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again At each campsite, tents have always been well spaced apart to ensure guests’ privacy and enjoyment of their natural surroundings, so no need to worry about social distancing. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Social Distance Under the Stars With These Stunning Glamping Camps Around the Country," 13 May 2020 Third places are prime venues for such interactions because our shared enjoyment of its services – a love of coffee, music, or for working out – assures that even strangers have at least one thing in common. Setha Low, The Conversation, "How cafes, bars, gyms, barbershops and other ‘third places’ create our social fabric," 1 May 2020 For real: Research shows that using eco-friendly products creates a warm glow known as the green-consumption effect—a heightened sense of enjoyment and a deeper feeling of connection to others. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Go Green Without Going Overboard," 15 Apr. 2020 With his idiosyncratic combination of prudence and aplomb — taking precautionary measures while seeking some normal enjoyment — Murray may be the most human character in any zombie movie. Jack Butler, National Review, "Zombies in the Age of COVID-19," 21 Mar. 2020 There are many types of exercises and activities seniors enjoy, such as walking, playing Wii, pickleball, or gardening, but there is one that stands out in both excellent health benefits and enjoyment. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Low-impact water exercises help seniors with strength, fitness," 20 Mar. 2020 Music can even improve workout endurance and increase our enjoyment of challenging activities. Cindi May, Scientific American, "Does Music Boost Your Cognitive Performance?," 3 Mar. 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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25 May 2020

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“Enjoyment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoyment. Accessed 29 May. 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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