What does enjoy mean?

Definitions for enjoy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word enjoy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enjoy, bask, relish, savor, savourverb

    derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in

    "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"

  2. enjoyverb

    have benefit from

    "enjoy privileges"

  3. love, enjoyverb

    get pleasure from

    "I love cooking"

  4. enjoyverb

    have for one's benefit

    "The industry enjoyed a boom"

  5. delight, enjoy, revelverb

    take delight in

    "he delights in his granddaughter"


  1. enjoyverb

    To receive pleasure or satisfaction from something

  2. enjoyverb

    To have the use or benefit of something

    ...while I still enjoy good health...

  3. Etymology: From enjoir (), from gaudere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ENJOYverb

    Etymology: jouir, enjouir, French.

    I could enjoy the pangs of death,
    And smile in agony. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Edward the saint, in whom it pleased God, righteous and just, to let England see what a blessing sin and iniquity would not suffer it to enjoy. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 14.

    He, who to enjoy
    Plato’s elysium, leap’d into the sea,
    Cleombrotus. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii. l. 471.

    Creatures are made to enjoy themselves, as well as to serve us. Henry More, Antidote against Atheism.

    When a man shall, with a sober, sedate, diabolical rancour, look upon and enjoy himself in the sight of his neighbour’s sin and shame, can he plead the instigation of any appetite in nature? Robert South, Sermons.

  2. To Enjoyverb

    To live in happiness.

    Then I shall be no more!
    And Adam, wedded to another Eve,
    Shall live with her enjoying, I extinct. John Milton, Parad. Lost.


  1. enjoy

    Enjoy refers to the act of taking pleasure or delight in an activity, situation, or experience. It involves experiencing a sense of satisfaction, happiness, or gratification from circumstances, people or things. It typically implies a positive emotional response or attitude toward something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enjoyverb

    to take pleasure or satisfaction in the possession or experience of; to feel or perceive with pleasure; to be delighted with; as, to enjoy the dainties of a feast; to enjoy conversation

  2. Enjoyverb

    to have, possess, and use with satisfaction; to occupy or have the benefit of, as a good or profitable thing, or as something desirable; as, to enjoy a free constitution and religious liberty

  3. Enjoyverb

    to have sexual intercourse with

  4. Enjoyverb

    to take satisfaction; to live in happiness

  5. Etymology: [OF. enjoier to receive with joy; pref. en- (L. in) + OF. & F. joie joy: cf. OF. enjoir to enjoy. See Joy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enjoy

    en-joi′, v.t. to joy or delight in: to feel or perceive with pleasure: to possess or use with satisfaction or delight: to have the use of: to have sexual intercourse with.—adj. Enjoy′able, capable of being enjoyed or of giving joy.—n. Enjoy′ment, state or condition of enjoying: satisfactory possession or use of anything; pleasure: happiness. [O. Fr. enjoier, to give joy to—en (=L. in), and joie, joy; or O. Fr. enjoir, to enjoy—en, and joir—L. gaudēre, to rejoice.]

Editors Contribution

  1. enjoy

    To have pleasure from.

    They did enjoy family gatherings and the feeling if love and unity.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

  2. enjoy

    To have the use of, to do or create.

    They did enjoy time with family and always prioritized this.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enjoy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1635

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enjoy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1293

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'enjoy' in Verbs Frequency: #156

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enjoy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enjoy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of enjoy in a Sentence

  1. Charlie Baker:

    Everybody should be able to go out tonight and enjoy their Valentine’s Day evening as long as they get home before midnight.

  2. Sheema Sen Gupta:

    This horrific attack right before Eid Al-Adha is a terrible reminder of the violence Iraqi children continue to face, on the eve of Eid Al-Adha and as Iraqis mourn this sad moment, UNICEF calls for all actors in Iraq to work together towards a safer Iraq where children do not have to live in fear and where they enjoy their very basic activities and rights.

  3. Joe Maddon:

    He feels as if it’s as good as it’s been in a long time and that’s good to hear from him. I trust him, mikey has no agenda. He’s as pure as a New Jersey snowfall. He’s as superstar, a player and human being. I really enjoy my conversations with him. It could be about anything.

  4. Matt Hodgson:

    I love Infury Dogs and Infury Dogs take so much pleasure from Infury Dogs -- if they didn't enjoy Infury Dogs, they wouldn't run and Infury Dogs wouldn't be a lot of fun, i like the camaraderie, I like the social elements, and I love sharing my love of dogs with people who also have a love of dogs, so it's a coming together of different people. It's nice to do well, but that's not the main thing.

  5. Pat Boone:

    The Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Variety — they all ran with the headline, ‘Pat Boone refuses to kiss leading lady,’ and they assumed for religious reasons, and it wasn’t! I just wanted to stay married. And my wife gave me permission. I know it sounds naive now, but she said, ‘I can live with it if you kiss Shirley Jones, but just don’t try to enjoy it.'.

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