en·joy·ment | \ in-ˈjȯi-mənt , 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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Remodeling a bathroom has been shown to provide an excellent return on investment for resale and personal enjoyment. Stacy Argo, Houston Chronicle, "Sleek, modern shower doors provide streamlined look," 8 July 2018 For peak relaxation and enjoyment, Cruise Maven suggests booking a room that isn't directly above or below any of the ship's entertainment areas. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "11 Things You Should Know Before Booking A Cruise This Summer," 6 July 2018 In the sentence Jane ate spaghetti with relish, does relish refer to a condiment or to enthusiastic enjoyment? Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language," 27 June 2018 Buy Photo Just as innkeeper Janet Reitano bid her last Spruce Hill Manor guest adieu last week, Monique Greenwood, the CEO — or chief enjoyment officer — of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns arrived on the West Philly premises. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Akwaaba Philadelphia: The bed-and-breakfast that speaks to black people opens in West Philadelphia | Elizabeth Wellington," 26 June 2018 The presentation is led by Hank Presutti for newcomers and lovers of classical music to improve listening and enjoyment of music. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Carlsbad Foundation gives 90K to fight homelessness," 25 June 2018 Winner and Travel Companion are solely responsible for their own conduct while accepting the Grand Prize and agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations pertaining to use and enjoyment of the Grand Prize. CNN, "OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS," 12 June 2018 Finding the materials, while tough, is part of the enjoyment, MacMaster said. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hobbyists facing a challenge as the model ship world gets smaller and smaller," 17 June 2018 Saw, Hostel, Final Destination — no gory movie moment has sickened me past the point of enjoyment. refinery29.com, "This Is The Grossest Scene In Hereditary," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of enjoyment

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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.

enjoyments : things that give you pleasure


en·joy·ment | \ in-ˈjȯi-mənt \

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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