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.
Recent Examples on the Web The people indeed seemed entertained by Paul’s performance, even if their enjoyment was part schadenfreude. Steven Monacelli, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2022 Pleasure is addictive and animal; enjoyment is elective and human. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2022 The writer Madhur Jaffrey, often seen eating with her fingers in the video trailers for her master classes on Indian cooking, wrote to me of how the enjoyment of food was inseparable from the manner of eating it. Chandrahas Choudhury, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2022 The better: Gentle enjoyment, even awestruck appreciation of that remarkable landscape, plus maybe a good meal and local microbrew to top it off. Scott Hewitt, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2022 Additionally camping gear like stoves, coolers, camping chairs, and coffee makers will add enjoyment and luxury to your experience. Hannah Singleton, SELF, 22 Jan. 2022 Pergolas are designed to enhance the enjoyment and comfort of outdoor living spaces, including decks, patios, and porches. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 By blending these cannabinoids together with terpenes, the company creates formulations that target specific issues like sleeping difficulties, pain and anxiety, while blending the lines between recreational enjoyment and pure medicinal value. Zenger News, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Led’s director, equates fountain pens with watches: obsolete tools, but highly personal items that people choose to use out of enjoyment and admiration. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoyment. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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