What does enjoy mean?

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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.

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. Democratic Representative Jim McGovern:

    Anybody who advocates assassinations of members of Congress or anybody, I don’t believe should enjoy the privilege of serving on a committee.

  2. Roger McGuinn:

    I didn't really enjoy reading until I married my wife and we began reading the Bible out loud to each other every day. I enjoy reading now, and there is a whole world of books out there to explore.

  3. Team Sky:

    These four days in the mountains are the hardest four days I would have raced I think in a one-week stage race, it's a super hard climbing stage race, even harder on the weekend now. I'll enjoy tomorrow, or I'll try to enjoy it in the jersey and defend it but it's super hard.

  4. Nina Agdal:

    Sometimes I want to put in a really great workout, but I have a million things to do that day, so all I can really do is go for a walk, … I think people often focus on how long the workout is, how sweaty you are when you’re done and how tired you are afterward. The thing is, if you overdo it, you’re probably not going to want to do it again. And then you won’t stay consistent. Find things that you enjoy doing and try new things, too. Some days you’ll want to go cycling, but on another day your body really wants a good yoga stretch. You’ll feel great afterward and it won’t feel like a chore.

  5. Dominic Venegas:

    One of the many things I enjoy about making drinks is introducing people to new ways to enjoy their favorite spirits through classic cocktails, there’s a bit of elegance and history to the classics, and every father loves a classic.

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    feelings of great warmth and intensity
    • A. viverrine
    • B. fervidness
    • C. hypostatization
    • D. jocularity

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