pleasure

noun
plea·​sure | \ ˈple-zhər, ˈplā- \

Definition of pleasure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pleasure

verb
pleasured; pleasuring\ ˈplezh-​riŋ , ˈplāzh-​ ; ˈple-​zhə-​, ˈplā-​ \

Definition of pleasure (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Noun

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.

Examples of pleasure in a Sentence

Noun

I paint for the sheer pleasure of it. His grandparents took great pleasure in seeing him graduate from college. Is this trip for business or pleasure? It is a special pleasure for me to be here with you today. Now I can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like spending time with my family.

Verb

a wine that is sure to pleasure even the most discriminating palate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To welcome her and Murray here is, to me, one of the deep pleasures of middle age. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 It's been an absolute pleasure talking to you, meeting with you. Fox News, "Rick Harrison opens up about his journey to 'Pawn Stars'," 6 Aug. 2018 Tetris is a sacred cow in the games industry, and only a few major titles have succeeded at iterating on its design; Lumines, which remembers the pleasure of humming the Tetris music and builds a whole game out of that joy, is probably the best. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018 It?s been an absolute pleasure to blend our thoughtful sourcing, proper technique and a warmth of service into a memorable experience for each and every guest. Alejandro Serrano, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston restaurant Townsman to close this week," 2 July 2018 But there was an even simpler pleasure about The Crazy Ones. Dave Itzkoff, HWD, "Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams," 8 May 2018 Here, the exact contents of each valise, for your shopping pleasure. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Goody Bags: All the Best Holiday Fashions, and the Suitcases to Pack Them In," 14 Dec. 2018 Anne, in poor health and perpetual petulance, is fussed over and not-so-subtly controlled by Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), a court noblewoman who’s learned that pleasing the queen (in every way) brings its own pleasures. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "‘The Favourite’ review: an irresistibly nasty tale of lust, power and pet bunnies," 4 Dec. 2018 Using Sennheiser’s MTWs for calls has also been a pleasure for me. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: sonic standout," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Hell, the only mistress he’d had, years ago, hadn’t figured out how to pleasure him like this. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "Eloisa James Shares a Steamy Excerpt From Her New Book Too Wilde to Wed," 9 Jan. 2018 After all, there’s room for only one man in this administration who has the ability to pleasure himself. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Mooch Admits He Made an "Unforced Error" in First TV Interview," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of pleasure

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pleasure

Noun

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

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pleasure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pleasure

: 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

noun
plea·​sure | \ ˈple-zhər \

Kids Definition of pleasure

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?

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