Definition of enjoy in English:

enjoy

verb

[with object]
  • 1Take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion)

    ‘I enjoy watching good films’
    • ‘Seriously though, we love sitting down and enjoying a meal together, even better than going out for a meal.’
    • ‘They also enjoyed a buffet lunch and were presented with commemorative badges.’
    • ‘As a reward, they get taken on trips and enjoy activities such as tennis lessons.’
    • ‘It was great to have a number of people who have only recently joined the party enjoying their first party conference.’
    • ‘Well done to all who won medals and to all those who participated and enjoyed the occasion.’
    • ‘After setting up their tents, these young people would start enjoying a picnic.’
    • ‘One endearing aspect of the night was the amount of young people present and enjoying the occasion.’
    • ‘They had been due to watch the golf on a large screen while enjoying a meal and drinks.’
    • ‘They allegedly spent the money on watching three movies and enjoying a sumptuous dinner.’
    • ‘Schools taking part will enjoy activities designed to promote reading as a fun activity.’
    • ‘In spite of the hard work, this is an occasion enjoyed by those who take part.’
    • ‘Many were just enjoying the holiday event, the music and the fireworks.’
    • ‘She was in great form that day and enjoyed the occasion and meeting up with many of her old friends.’
    • ‘However, the pair still enjoyed the race and were delighted with fifth spot.’
    • ‘Now fully recovered from a hip operation, he is enjoying his activity more than ever before.’
    • ‘Primary school children enjoyed a performance of special music.’
    • ‘The film is mostly a reflection of leisure time and shows activities enjoyed by people at the weekend.’
    • ‘Following the tournament, teams enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by a charity auction.’
    • ‘This gives them their only opportunity to enjoy the occasional meal out or a drink with friends.’
    • ‘And the young star cannot wait for the film to be released after enjoying the experience of making it so much.’
    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’
      • ‘He really enjoyed himself while he was here, having celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Lily in New York.’
      • ‘All agreed it was a beautiful ceremony and those who watched it live enjoyed themselves immensely until the early hours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We agreed we wanted to enjoy ourselves and party until late.’
      • ‘The weather was beautiful, hopefully the first of many such pleasant days enjoying ourselves this week.’
      • ‘I say we forget about all this for now and go the Crestman's Christmas party and enjoy ourselves tonight.’
      • ‘I'm there to enjoy myself and to celebrate what has been achieved.’
      • ‘It is money that we all use to live on, enjoy ourselves and buy presents for our grandchildren.’
      • ‘The fair was also a social occasion and people came out in the merry month of May to enjoy themselves.’
      • ‘This also means they will probably be buried in books while others are enjoying themselves at parties.’
      • ‘It's a pleasant scene at the zoo, seeing the families enjoying themselves.’
      • ‘We want to make it easier for people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles and to enjoy themselves in the process.’
      • ‘Everyone sounds like they're enjoying themselves, and celebrating their father.’
      • ‘We look to provide quality live performance, and if we are enjoying ourselves then the audience will too.’
      • ‘We will go out there and totally enjoy ourselves and celebrate our success.’
      • ‘What was delightful about his performance was that he was unafraid to enjoy himself, and revel in the role's potential for comedy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a great party, I enjoyed myself thoroughly.’
      • ‘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.’
      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!’
      • ‘When you go to the rental store this weekend, try one of these. Enjoy!’
      • ‘Midterm break is on Monday—enjoy!’
  • 2Possess and benefit from.

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