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 With a mix of sounds and experiences, the pop star, who's transgender, has something for everyone to enjoy. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 3 June 2021 This is a great section for kids to enjoy themselves with various rides and attractions that are safe and fun. Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 2 June 2021 The interiors flow seamlessly to the exterior where there is ample deck space and amenities for seafarers to enjoy. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 June 2021 The proceeds would raise funds for the city to clean up the whale and preserve it for the public to enjoy. Gregory Barber, Wired, 1 June 2021 How his family made his favorite dish after (phở) and left it on the porch for his spirit to enjoy. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 1 June 2021 Think of them as a new kind of hangout with activities for your family to enjoy. Forbes, 1 June 2021 Cruella isn't just a villain origin story for teens to enjoy and live vicariously through the anti-hero's bad behavior. Leah Marilla Thomas, refinery29.com, 28 May 2021 Big enough for humans and pets to enjoy, the FrontPet Foldable Dog Pool is great for your home. Chris Hachey, BGR, 27 May 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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Time Traveler for enjoy

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

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10 Jun 2021

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“Enjoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enjoy. Accessed 13 Jun. 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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