Definition of enjoy in English:

enjoy

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion)

    ‘I enjoy watching good films’
    • ‘As a reward, they get taken on trips and enjoy activities such as tennis lessons.’
    • ‘Primary school children enjoyed a performance of special music.’
    • ‘She was in great form that day and enjoyed the occasion and meeting up with many of her old friends.’
    • ‘They had been due to watch the golf on a large screen while enjoying a meal and drinks.’
    • ‘One endearing aspect of the night was the amount of young people present and enjoying the occasion.’
    • ‘Many were just enjoying the holiday event, the music and the fireworks.’
    • ‘It was great to have a number of people who have only recently joined the party enjoying their first party conference.’
    • ‘This gives them their only opportunity to enjoy the occasional meal out or a drink with friends.’
    • ‘Following the tournament, teams enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by a charity auction.’
    • ‘In spite of the hard work, this is an occasion enjoyed by those who take part.’
    • ‘And the young star cannot wait for the film to be released after enjoying the experience of making it so much.’
    • ‘Seriously though, we love sitting down and enjoying a meal together, even better than going out for a meal.’
    • ‘Now fully recovered from a hip operation, he is enjoying his activity more than ever before.’
    • ‘Schools taking part will enjoy activities designed to promote reading as a fun activity.’
    • ‘The film is mostly a reflection of leisure time and shows activities enjoyed by people at the weekend.’
    • ‘They also enjoyed a buffet lunch and were presented with commemorative badges.’
    • ‘Well done to all who won medals and to all those who participated and enjoyed the occasion.’
    • ‘However, the pair still enjoyed the race and were delighted with fifth spot.’
    • ‘After setting up their tents, these young people would start enjoying a picnic.’
    • ‘They allegedly spent the money on watching three movies and enjoying a sumptuous dinner.’
    like, love, be fond of, be entertained by, be amused by, be pleased by, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, be keen on, delight in, appreciate, rejoice in, relish, revel in, adore, lap up, savour, luxuriate in, bask in, wallow in, glory in
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    1. 1.1enjoy oneself Have a pleasant time.
      ‘I could never enjoy myself, knowing you were in your room alone’
      • ‘I say we forget about all this for now and go the Crestman's Christmas party and enjoy ourselves tonight.’
      • ‘After enjoying myself far too much and living beyond my means in my twenties, I have been making an effort in the past few years to get my finances into shape.’
      • ‘The weather was beautiful, hopefully the first of many such pleasant days enjoying ourselves this week.’
      • ‘It was a great party, I enjoyed myself thoroughly.’
      • ‘It's a pleasant scene at the zoo, seeing the families enjoying themselves.’
      • ‘The fair was also a social occasion and people came out in the merry month of May to enjoy themselves.’
      • ‘All agreed it was a beautiful ceremony and those who watched it live enjoyed themselves immensely until the early hours.’
      • ‘Everyone sounds like they're enjoying themselves, and celebrating their father.’
      • ‘We agreed we wanted to enjoy ourselves and party until late.’
      • ‘We look to provide quality live performance, and if we are enjoying ourselves then the audience will too.’
      • ‘This also means they will probably be buried in books while others are enjoying themselves at parties.’
      • ‘I'm there to enjoy myself and to celebrate what has been achieved.’
      • ‘It was a party where everyone enjoys themselves; there is something for everybody whether you're a drinker or not, a dancer or a laid back kind of person; you surely won't feel left out in his party.’
      • ‘I found myself enjoying myself much more after a group of us left the party and headed off to a pub for our own style of partying.’
      • ‘It is money that we all use to live on, enjoy ourselves and buy presents for our grandchildren.’
      • ‘He really enjoyed himself while he was here, having celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Lily in New York.’
      • ‘It was a great start for this group to have such a pleasant day and even those who didn't get winning scores enjoyed themselves.’
      • ‘We will go out there and totally enjoy ourselves and celebrate our success.’
      • ‘We want to make it easier for people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles and to enjoy themselves in the process.’
      • ‘What was delightful about his performance was that he was unafraid to enjoy himself, and revel in the role's potential for comedy.’
      have fun, have a good time, enjoy life, be happy, live, live life to the full, have the time of one's life
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    2. 1.2North American informal no object, in imperative Used to urge someone to take pleasure in what is being offered or is about to happen.
      ‘Bake until the filling starts to bubble and the crust turns golden brown. Enjoy!’
      • ‘Midterm break is on Monday—enjoy!’
      • ‘When you go to the rental store this weekend, try one of these. Enjoy!’
  • 2Possess and benefit from.

    ‘the security forces enjoy legal immunity from prosecution’
    • ‘The electorate was enjoying the benefit of years of unbroken economic growth.’
    • ‘An additional advantage is that it now enjoys the benefit of fuel-efficiency.’
    • ‘Though retired for many years, he enjoys good health and intends to visit Ireland this year as he did last year.’
    • ‘Exempted companies are subject to a number of restrictions and enjoy other benefits.’
    • ‘Over 2,000 people are enjoying the benefit of being a member of their local library.’
    • ‘He said local members also still enjoy considerable further benefits in the absence of estate tax and capital gains tax.’
    • ‘She no longer enjoys the benefit of a legal aid certificate.’
    • ‘They also pointed out that the clergy enjoys some benefits not given to others.’
    • ‘Pat enjoys good health and we wish him many more years of health and happiness.’
    • ‘Neither did she enjoy the benefits, including access to a pension scheme, that he did.’
    • ‘He does not enjoy exclusive possession and hence the unrestricted right to use this.’
    • ‘We in this generation are enjoying the benefits of many inventions of the past for little or no money.’
    • ‘Mr Stead says access rights enjoyed for decades are now subject to application.’
    • ‘The only problem is that to enjoy the full benefits you need money - a lot of money.’
    • ‘The youthful looking Mrs. Curran enjoys excellent health and lives life to the full.’
    • ‘The United Kingdom enjoys the benefits of a mature democracy and a general respect for the rule of law.’
    • ‘Girls and boys aiming at university entrance enjoy the many benefits of a boarding and day school.’
    • ‘Both sides enjoyed spells of possession before Leigh opened the scoring in the eighth minute.’
    • ‘The planning process, on the other hand, enjoys the benefits of sequential planning.’
    • ‘Now nine-month-old Rosie enjoys good health but her grateful parents know just how close they came to tragedy.’
    benefit from, have the benefit of, reap the benefits of, have the advantage, have the use of, have available, avail oneself of, be blessed with, be favoured with, be endowed with, be born with, be possessed of
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French enjoier ‘give joy to’ or enjoïr ‘enjoy’, both based on Latin gaudere ‘rejoice’.

Pronunciation

enjoy

/ɪnˈdʒɔɪ//ɛnˈdʒɔɪ/