en·​joy | \ in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio) , en- \
enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys

Definition of enjoy

intransitive verb

: to have a good time

transitive verb

1 : to have for one's use, benefit, or lot : experience enjoyed great success
2 : to take pleasure or satisfaction in
enjoy oneself
: to have a good time

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Other Words from enjoy

enjoyable \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce enjoy (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​blē How to pronounce enjoy (audio) , en-​ \ adverb
enjoyer noun

Examples of enjoy in a Sentence

Relax and enjoy the view. He always enjoys a good laugh. No one enjoys being teased. She enjoyed great success in her new business. The show enjoyed a brief surge of popularity. They enjoyed a large income from their investments.
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Recent Examples on the Web Second, primarily only non-exempt employees can enjoy many of the FLSA rights and benefits, especially those relating to minimum wage and overtime pay. Tom Spiggle, Forbes, "Why A $15 Minimum Wage Could Lead To More FLSA Wage Violations," 3 Mar. 2021 Guests can enjoy a rooftop pool and fitness center along with multiple restaurants and a speakeasy serving up cocktails. Ellie Nan Storck, Travel + Leisure, "Atlanta Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 Unlike the flagship iPhones that launch in the fall, the iPhone SE models do not enjoy the same seasonality. Chris Smith, BGR, "Here’s when Apple will likely release its next big iPhone SE upgrade," 2 Mar. 2021 Karen Lakus, naturalist at Rocky River Reservation, emphasizes just how fortunate the inhabitants of our corner of the world are to be able to enjoy such sweet rewards. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, "Rocky River Reservation’s maple sugaring days are a sweet experience for all," 27 Feb. 2021 Early risers will be able to enjoy sunrises before 7AM for the first time since September later this week. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "40F Never Felt So Nice! Signs of Spring," 22 Feb. 2021 Though only the wealthy will be able to enjoy live sporting events at the moment, the Nets plan to open the arena’s upper seating to permit more entries, with tickets starting at $150. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "New York to allow only the wealthiest to enjoy in-person sporting events," 21 Feb. 2021 To put this into perspective, experts in linguistics suggest that students need to know about 98 percent of the words in a text to be able to casually enjoy it. John Alexander, Wired, "If You Can Learn Twitch-Speak, You Can Learn a Language," 12 Feb. 2021 Or to be able to enjoy a decent meal out on the road. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "A different kind of rookie orientation for Spurs' Devin Vassell," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of enjoy

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for enjoy

Middle English enjoien, from Anglo-French enjoir, enjoier to gladden, enjoy, from en- + joie joy

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The first known use of enjoy was in the 15th century

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6 Mar 2021

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“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of enjoy

: to take pleasure in (something)
: to have or experience (something good or helpful)


en·​joy | \ in-ˈjȯi How to pronounce enjoy (audio) \
enjoyed; enjoying

Kids Definition of enjoy

1 : to get pleasure from I enjoy camping.
2 : to have the use or benefit of We all enjoy good health.

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