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 Putting together puzzles, jogging, bird watching and stamp collecting are all activities that can pass the time and put a little bit of enjoyment into someone’s life. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Pliers for Jewelry Making," 3 May 2021 With a colorful blend of biting absurdity and copious dad jokes to offset the commonplace narrative, Rianda and Rowe optimize their dysfunctional family road trip for high-functioning enjoyment. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Hit the road with ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines,’ an agreeable Netflix family distraction," 30 Apr. 2021 Part of the enjoyment of visiting national parks is sleeping in nature, but reserving a campsite isn’t always easy with campgrounds filling up long before summer, according to Kurt Repanshek, founder and editor-in-chief of National Parks Traveler. Ashley Rossi, USA TODAY, "Make your family's national park trip easier with nonstop flights, improved reservations, small group tours," 6 Apr. 2021 Pair with your favorite salad and herbal dishes for maximum enjoyment. Anthony Marcusa, chicagotribune.com, "Best cheap white wines," 21 Mar. 2021 Decant the Riserva and Gran Selezione for maximum enjoyment. Michelle Williams, Forbes, "Look To The Black Rooster For Quality Sangiovese In Chianti," 3 Mar. 2021 One possible reason for decorating eggs is that they were adorned for enjoyment on Easter morning once Lenten fasting was finished. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "What Are the Easter Bunny's Origins? Here's What History Tells Us," 16 Feb. 2021 In fact, top-tier video game companies put psychologists and neuroscientists on development teams to maximize the enjoyment and persuasive power of games. Chris Carosa, Forbes, "How Parents Can Use Storytelling To Raise Financially Literate Children," 19 Apr. 2021 Sourness, so often isolated, is really essential to a full enjoyment of anything sweet. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Acid Trip: How Small-Batch Vinegars Became a Kitchen Phenomenon," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Enjoyment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoyment. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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