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


control, hands, keeping, possession



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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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The slippery-slope factor adds to the confusion, as there’s no clear sense of when someone might be moving from enjoyment to dependence to more serious stages of abusing a pastime or substance. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Careers and job search for people in recovery," 7 Sep. 2019 The phrase was then displayed on her family’s minivan and according to Auger, often caught the attention of other motorists and passersby who honked out of enjoyment or asked to take photographs of the plate. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "New Hampshire Mom Fighting to Keep Her Longtime Vanity License Plate That Reads 'PB4WEGO'," 29 Aug. 2019 The plaintiffs, referred to as Jane Doe 1, 2, 3 and 4, are requesting a jury trial and monetary damages and damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other noneconomic damages. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Four women sue, saying they were sexually assaulted at massage firm’s outlets," 19 July 2019 But even if truffles are beyond your pay grade, there is plenty of enjoyment to be had in the sheer devilment portrayed in this informative and appetizing book. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Truffle Underground’ Review: Malice and Mushrooms," 10 July 2019 The guilt of even the slightest bit of enjoyment was overwhelming. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "Column: This year, celebrate your own personal Independence Day," 27 June 2019 Marcie was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church, worked Bingo, and was an active member of OLOP Retiree Club, which provided her with many years of enjoyment. courant.com, "Marcella Dwyer," 17 June 2019 The stand is famous, or infamous, for its late night high jinks, where the staff intentionally makes fun of customers for the enjoyment of all. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Wiener's Circle may have to move, as landlord prepares to sell property," 26 June 2018 Does reading the book help or hinder a critic’s appraisal and the average moviegoer’s enjoyment? Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "When movies take a novel approach," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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