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 enjoyable (audio) , en-​ \ adjective
enjoyableness noun
enjoyably \ in-​ˈjȯi-​ə-​blē How to pronounce enjoyably (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 Concentrate on enjoying life to its fullest and participating in more social and community affairs. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 17, 2019: Capricorn, be a positive force; Virgo, don’t procrastinate," 17 Sep. 2019 The latest flow data underscore the kind of support the exchange rate is enjoying from global investors these days. Fortune, "Drone Strikes Are Escalating a Geopolitical Crisis—Which Could Help the Dollar," 16 Sep. 2019 President Trump honored Hall of Fame Yankees pitching great Mariano Rivera with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday in a White House East Room ceremony, an honor the president enjoys bestowing on major sports figures. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Trump honors Yankees great Mariano Rivera with Medal of Freedom," 16 Sep. 2019 The incumbent, Anita Alvarez, had chalked up a strong record of condoning police misconduct, however egregious, but enjoyed widespread support among the Latino community, making Foxx’s struggle an uphill battle. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Laina had that day off and was enjoying the beach with her children. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Family fears foul play involved in disappearance of grandmother missing 40 days from Massachusetts home," 16 Sep. 2019 They were married in 1966 and enjoyed 53 years of continual marital bliss. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 9/16," 16 Sep. 2019 Eat German foods and enjoy four stages of continuous entertainment with accordion music, scarecrow building, keg rolling and sauerkraut eating contests. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Septemberfest, Oktoberfest, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 15 Sep. 2019 But while a minority of California renters will enjoy real savings from the new law, those who do benefit are likely to be low-income and thus most vulnerable to rent hikes. Matt Levin, The Mercury News, "Big rent hikes are about to be illegal in California. Here’s what you should know," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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

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How to pronounce enjoy (audio)

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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