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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Denitsa Bliznakova's cute costumes and Rose Malone's lighting effects also contribute to the enjoyment. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: Friends come in all shapes and sizes," 24 May 2018 Overstimulation led to more enjoyment of cocaine, less sensitization to it and ever more hyperactivity. Erik Vance, Scientific American, "Sorry, Mom and Dad, Toys Cannot Supercharge Your Baby," 15 May 2018 All elements of the production add to the campy, zany enjoyment of the show. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Rivertown sets up a campy and funny 'Little Shop of Horrors'," 8 May 2018 Lots of impassioned solos from within the ensemble added to the enjoyment. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "BSO delivers bracing Bernstein program with Benedetti, Alsop," 7 May 2018 At the end of the day, adherence and enjoyment are the two-key lifestyle change techniques that will produce the best outcomes for any eating plan. Daniel Schultz, Ms, SELF, "Here’s What You Should Know Before Going on the Keto Diet," 16 Apr. 2018 But the instantly recognizable backgrounds should add to the atmosphere and enjoyment. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Dorothy returning to Kansas with new 'Oz' stage show, movie scenes at amphitheater | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. Glenn Howatt, ajc, "Swimming pools, hot tubs are more likely than lakes to make you sick, studies find," 9 July 2018 The challenge is in finding that balance between enjoyment and frugality. New York Times, "The Frugal Five," 27 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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