enjoyment

noun
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

Synonyms

control, hands, keeping, possession

Antonyms

nonpossession

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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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But be prepared to leave uneaten pieces onboard, as these goodies are made for in-flight enjoyment only—no doggie bags allowed. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yep, In-Flight Cake Deliveries Are a Real Thing," 10 July 2018 Is there anything worse, anything less conducive to the enjoyment and understanding of the beautiful game, than a round table of former professionals braying platitudes at one another beneath the unforgiving lights of a TV studio? Giles Harvey, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘The Totally Football Show With James Richardson’," 3 July 2018 Reminiscent of champagne flutes, these glasses make a difference in the taste and the enjoyment of sipping tequila. Elizabeth Karmel, The Seattle Times, "A dozen gifts for cooks and foodies," 4 Dec. 2018 Ever since Odysseus yearned for home (nostos) in pain (algos), the common wisdom was that nostalgia ruins one’s enjoyment of the present. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "How Nostalgia Made Me Stop Hating My Mother’s China," 15 Aug. 2018 That early training may encourage a stronger enjoyment of math later in life. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Love of patterns, order may explain mad math skills—and autism link," 8 Aug. 2018 Exhibits can be hit or miss, and enjoyment of them tends to be wildly subjective. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Museums in New York City," 27 Feb. 2018 Some of the, if not the, first people to actually post content for enjoyment on Facebook. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Will & Grace’ co-star Sean Hayes on Recode Decode," 22 Oct. 2018 So here’s a guide to using tech to plan your trip for maximum enjoyment. New York Times, "Ready for Vacation? Here’s the Best Tech for Trip Planning," 4 July 2018

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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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enjoyment

noun

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

enjoyment

noun
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

enjoyment

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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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