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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Synonyms & Antonyms for enjoyment


control, hands, keeping, possession



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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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Analyzing the two trees furthers the enjoyment of both works of art. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artist Roman de Salvo branches out at Timken Museum of Art," 23 June 2019 But if animals are behaving in a way that is strictly for human enjoyment (like a dancing monkey), chances are that the animal has been taken from its natural environment unnecessarily. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "Do this, not that," 12 June 2019 After all, there’s a lifetime of soy curl enjoyment in your future. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "Soy Curls Are the Single-Ingredient Meat Substitute I Buy in Bulk," 4 June 2019 While the royal tour must've been exhausting in many ways, the Duke and Duchess still seemed to find enjoyment in the smallest moments while on tour. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Look so Happy in This Behind-the-Scenes Royal Tour Photo," 3 Nov. 2018 Every volunteer expressed enjoyment in participating in the study, learning about their disease, and contributing the medical knowledge. Ian Myles, CNN, "A possible new weapon against eczema: live bacteria," 17 May 2018 On a remarkably warm, uncommonly wet Sunday, Washingtonians found enjoyment in many ways. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "On a warm, wet Sunday, Washingtonians find pleasure," 11 Feb. 2018 Flanders Woods, an upscale community of 16 single-family homes on 18.6 pristine acres in Coventry, gives homeowners the best of both worlds -- enjoyment of home ownership with maintenance-free living. courant.com, "Property of the Week: Flanders Woods," 20 June 2019 The enjoyment came in intoxicating waves, from the opening moments of the match. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "France Revels as It Opens the World Cup With a Victory," 7 June 2019

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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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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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