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pleasure

play
noun plea·sure \ ˈple-zhər , ˈplā- \

Definition of pleasure

1 :desire, inclination
  • wait upon his pleasure
  • —William Shakespeare
2 :a state of gratification
3 a :sensual gratification
b :frivolous amusement
4 :a source of delight or joy

Examples of pleasure in a Sentence

  1. I paint for the sheer pleasure of it.

  2. His grandparents took great pleasure in seeing him graduate from college.

  3. Is this trip for business or pleasure?

  4. It is a special pleasure for me to be here with you today.

  5. Now I can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with my family.

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Origin and Etymology of pleasure

Middle English plesure, alteration of plesir, from Anglo-French plaisir, from plaisir to please


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pleasure

verb

Definition of pleasure

pleasured; pleasuring play \ˈplezh-riŋ, ˈplāzh-; ˈple-zhə-, ˈplā-\
transitive verb
1 :to give pleasure to :gratify
2 :to give sexual pleasure to
intransitive verb
1 :to take pleasure :delight
2 :to seek pleasure

Examples of pleasure in a Sentence

  1. a wine that is sure to pleasure even the most discriminating palate

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First Known Use of pleasure

1537



PLEASURE Defined for English Language Learners

pleasure

play
noun

Definition of pleasure for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction : a pleasant or pleasing feeling

  • : activity that is done for enjoyment

  • : something or someone that causes a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction


PLEASURE Defined for Kids

pleasure

play
noun plea·sure \ ˈple-zhər \

Definition of pleasure for Students

1 :a feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction
  • I take great pleasure in reading.
2 :recreation or enjoyment
  • Is the trip for business or pleasure?
3 :something that pleases or delights
  • It's been a pleasure working with you.
4 :a particular desire
  • What is your pleasure?

Synonym Discussion of pleasure

pleasure, joy, and enjoyment mean the agreeable feeling that accompanies getting something good or much wanted. pleasure is used for a feeling of happiness or satisfaction that may not be shown openly.
    • He took pleasure in helping others.
joy is used for a radiant feeling that is very strong.
    • Hers is a life filled with joy.
enjoyment is used for a conscious reaction to something intended to make a person happy.
    • The songs added to our enjoyment of the movie.


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