pleasure

noun
plea·​sure | \ ˈple-zhər How to pronounce pleasure (audio) , ˈplā- How to pronounce pleasure (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pleasuring (audio) , 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 As anyone who has had the pleasure of raising a dog can understand, my life grew exponentially. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Lorde Is Delaying Her Next Album After the Loss of Her Dog, Pearl," 3 Nov. 2019 As anyone who has had the pleasure of raising a dog can understand, my life grew exponentially. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Lorde Pens Emotional Letter After Her Dog Pearl's Death: 'I Have Lost My Boy'," 2 Nov. 2019 Participants also had the pleasure of receiving custom DP workout gear and Tory Burch Sport to celebrate. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Lions NY and Dogpound Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 18 Oct. 2019 This was somebody who was going to take pleasure in plunging a knife into their victim over and over and over again. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 Both are at the end of the day just root vegetables that have been thinly sliced, fried, and salted for your snacking pleasure. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "I'm Just Gonna Say It: Veggie Chips Are No More or Less Healthy Than Regular Chips," 12 Sep. 2019 Dorian, which devastated parts of the Bahamas on September 1st-3rd, seemed to take pleasure in its malice. The Economist, "Slow-moving Hurricane Dorian devastates the northern Bahamas," 4 Sep. 2019 So, technology is not just about assaults but also about pleasure in an age where romance is clamped down by Romeo Squads. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A year on, #MeToo has lost momentum in India but we must keep the conversation going," 4 Sep. 2019 If Moe's inability to experience pleasure is driven by too little dopamine, pramipexole could help, Williams says. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was accused of abusing underage girls and of directing some of them to pleasure some of his rich and powerful friends, including Andrew. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "As Jeffrey Epstein’s houseguest, Prince Andrew received foot massages from young Russian women, author reveals," 23 Aug. 2019 Advocates of a morally correct path to happiness also disapprove of taking shortcuts to pleasure with the help of psychotropic drugs. Rafael Euba, Quartzy, "Why striving for happiness makes people miserable," 23 July 2019 Sometimes, Winslow would pleasure himself at his locker or in his hotel room on team road trips. cleveland.com, "Kellen Winslow Jr.’s disturbing behavior began early in pro career, Sports Illustrated article says," 14 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pleasure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Time Traveler for pleasure

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The first known use of pleasure was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pleasure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleasured. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for pleasure

pleasure

noun
How to pronounce pleasure (audio) How to pronounce pleasure (audio)

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 How to pronounce pleasure (audio) \

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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