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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Mirage or not, false alarm or not, tease or not, the Mariners have provided two weeks of enjoyment that was not in any script or blueprint. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Historic or hysterical? Mariners’ magical start borders on the absurd, but oh what fun it is," 12 Apr. 2019 The experience and overall enjoyment factor will be worth it. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 While verbalizing enjoyment and consent is imperative, paying attention to a partner’s body language is key, too. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 15 People With Vaginas How to Make Oral Sex Even Better," 11 Mar. 2019 The takeaway is that social media should enhance your enjoyment of life, and not subtract from it. Eliza Solomon, Teen Vogue, "Why You Should Marie Kondo Your Social Media Feed," 23 Apr. 2019 Korean Air, Turkish Airlines, SpiceJet, Swiss, Qatar Airways, and Cathay Pacific are just a few airlines that will bake a cake or special dessert for onboard enjoyment (sadly, no domestic carriers offer this amenity). Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yep, In-Flight Cake Deliveries Are a Real Thing," 10 July 2018 In other words, their enjoyment did not decline over time. Robert W. Smith, Washington Post, "When searching for happiness, try eating popcorn with chopsticks," 7 July 2018 Sitting through the longueurs of Simon’s book shouldn’t have to be the penitential price for our enjoyment of the musical portion of the show. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'Sweet Charity' from Reprise: The dancing never gets old, but the book could use a nip and tuck," 23 June 2018 After the personalized performance, an elated Isaiah snatched the balloon for his own enjoyment while Jacob continued to doze. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Share First Video of Their Life With Baby Jacob," 3 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of enjoyment

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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enjoyingly

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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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