Definition of delight in US English:

delight

verb

[with object]
  • 1Please (someone) greatly.

    ‘an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old’
    • ‘Based at the village hall, the group has been delighting audiences since it was founded in 1964.’
    • ‘From first-year students right up to past pupils, many took to the stage with gusto with solo singers, duets, bands and dancers delighting the capacity audience.’
    • ‘So much so that up to 30 cars visit the cul-de-sac every night, delighting Paul.’
    • ‘He played the role for a decade and a half, delighting viewers with his portrayal of the irascible lawyer with references to wife as ‘she who must be obeyed’.’
    • ‘It is an enthralling book of revelations that he peels away like the delicate skins of an onion, constantly delighting his readers as they urgently devour its 483 pages.’
    • ‘A variety of fish are already seen in the stream, delighting people who could have never imagined such a scene in the heart of a noisy and bustling metropolis.’
    • ‘Three capybaras have been born at the popular animal park and the babies are now delighting visitors as they lap up the autumn sunshine.’
    • ‘By all accounts this was a great show, delighting audiences with a huge array of exceptional acts and talent.’
    • ‘We have a most jolly fellow for a postman and here of late I've been confounding and delighting him.’
    • ‘During the 90s he was a fixture on the carnival and festival circuit, delighting huge crowds across the Caribbean, the US, and Europe.’
    • ‘But only after delighting the crowds, which by some estimates numbered about ten thousand, with a hit after hit.’
    • ‘I think we're in a very competitive marketplace, because unless we're delighting you, you won't choose us.’
    • ‘It was here he held court late into the night, cajoling, entertaining and delighting friends from various walks of life.’
    • ‘I would be crippled with embarrassment, but I am sure my friend has a lovely baritone voice and will soon be delighting audiences in the Royal Albert Hall.’
    • ‘The production made its Australian debut in 2000 receiving rave reviews from the Australian press and delighting audiences in Sydney and Melbourne.’
    • ‘The gods and monsters of khon have been delighting Siamese audiences for the past seven centuries, though for the majority of its history those audiences only included ancient VIPs.’
    • ‘It is not a shameful act, the government for years openly endorsed it, and their increasing taxes are no doubt secretly delighting the politicians who pray on this addictive habit.’
    • ‘Everything from rock to reggae will take turns delighting the crowd.’
    • ‘The good ‘bad’ woman who had been delighting audiences simply disappeared.’
    • ‘Strategies for remortgaging your house and delighting your adult children.’
    please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, bewitch, thrill, excite, take someone's breath away
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    1. 1.1delight inno object Take great pleasure in.
      ‘they delight in playing tricks’
      • ‘But when we say that ‘This is who X really is’ we are in fact delighting in evil and rejoicing in a lie.’
      • ‘Mostly, however, I heartily adored you, delighting in your company, relishing your exuberant sense of humor, which you punctuated with lusty cackles.’
      • ‘He also delighted in seeing the girls team achieve such honour and glory over the past five years.’
      • ‘Television today delights in bringing us programmes from hell and we now frequently read of rage.’
      • ‘She delights in mopping it up with the melted cheesey bread before it has time to congeal.’
      • ‘The writing is on the wall - and the people pointing to it are not just eco-alarmists or sandwich-board prophets delighting in Cassandrine predictions of doom.’
      • ‘The installation delights in its own perversity and lo fi production values and challenges the viewer to come up with a formula to explain it.’
      • ‘I guess it's like this: The things I appreciated most and delighted in were simple.’
      • ‘This change of heart almost ensures that I'll be in hospital pushing by the weekend, as my body delights in thwarting me at every turn.’
      • ‘They are a community of webloggers used to sharing their ideals and delighting in their own expression.’
      • ‘Over the years, he enjoyed the company of many good friends and always delighted in sharing memories with his willing listeners.’
      • ‘No worker delights in taking a confrontational stand on the job.’
      • ‘It's then that he's at his most effective - like a 9-year-old at the arcade, delighting in mowing down his imaginary foes with his BB gun.’
      • ‘His garden is a vivid display of summer colour and George delights in having the time to enjoy it.’
      • ‘The citizens of York delighted in the brilliant weather, which was enjoyed for the Whit Monday holiday.’
      • ‘He both delights in and is shocked by the games played, unmasking them, playing his own fantastic counter-tricks.’
      • ‘It keeps records of wrongs, delights in evil and rejoices in deception.’
      • ‘There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.’
      • ‘He delights in the society of brilliant foreigners, especially painters, singers and musicians.’
      • ‘She rejoiced over them, delighting in them, looking into my eyes with great joy.’
      take great pleasure, find great pleasure, glory, revel, luxuriate, wallow
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noun

  • 1Great pleasure.

    ‘the little girls squealed with delight’
    ‘we broke into an impromptu dance, to the delight of the crowd’
    ‘she took great delight in telling your story’
    • ‘The end of a wonderful game played in the spirit of friendship and harmony much to the delight of everyone.’
    • ‘Once more, the delight of the crowd is fundamental to this strategy.’
    • ‘She cast the door aside with a big wave of her hand, much to the delight of the girls behind her.’
    • ‘He'll grin and squeal with delight, and ignore me completely, which I'm fine with.’
    • ‘Short, sweet and - you can imagine the perverse delight I have in pointing out - completely wrong.’
    • ‘And the grin of delight on the faces of the suppliers said it all.’
    • ‘The place was overflowing the girls, squealing in delight, holding cameras and cheering.’
    • ‘Williams uncharacteristically lets the advantage slip, much to the delight of the crowd.’
    • ‘He took great delight that she had already started her golf lessons.’
    • ‘Our patients expressed sheer delight in participating in this effort.’
    • ‘How many loves have shared such pure delight?’
    • ‘He took great delight there to go to the bookbinders' shops and lie gaping on maps.’
    • ‘Fabulous performances throughout, and the excitement and delight of the crowds is contagious.’
    • ‘How do you create customer satisfaction, customer delight, and customer ecstasy?’
    • ‘The delight on her face is teaching me a lesson which marks my soul deeply.’
    • ‘While dark clouds loomed the rain held off, much to the delight of participants and audience alike.’
    • ‘Rowena looked at the picture also, at the delight on all three faces.’
    • ‘Washed by the summer rain, the green leaves have glistened, much to the delight of the tourists.’
    • ‘This is not the easiest musical combination to classify, much to the delight of its purveyors.’
    • ‘To the dismay of its critics and the delight of its fans, romantic comedy is a formula genre.’
    • ‘They invest a few pennies per customer per year in customer delight.’
    • ‘Pursue him to your heart's delight, because I do not care.’
    pleasure, happiness, joy, joyfulness, glee, gladness, gratification, relish, excitement, amusement
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    1. 1.1 A cause or source of great pleasure.
      ‘the trees here are a delight’
      • ‘On account of the gastronomic delights, I actually recommenced my walking while there.’
      • ‘Adults too can relax and enjoy the delights on offer at many of the places around the region.’
      • ‘Now to sample the culinary delights of America.’
      • ‘So please come one and all and be dazzled by the delights of our talented local artists.’
      • ‘When harvested they make even the simplest meal seem like a gourmet delight.’
      • ‘Mid-year on the far north coast is a gardener's delight, so get out there and enjoy it.’
      • ‘Bored of earthly delights, he takes his compulsion for pleasure to the nth degree.’
      • ‘True, this leads to potential confusion when ordering from the smorgasbord of delights at a fish and chip shop.’
      • ‘Let me be maudlin and say the book is a sheer delight.’
      • ‘You could say it's their gastronomic delight, their favourite treat.’
      • ‘Not one, but three spectacular performance artists delivered their delights to a capacity crowd.’
      • ‘Not just for honeymooners, Florence has art, architecture and culinary delights on every sculptured corner.’
      • ‘The programme promises to be a delight for the connoisseurs of music.’
      • ‘The 4,000 sq. ft. lounge is a pure visual delight.’
      • ‘Here I let the tide push me along the wall and savoured the marine delights on offer.’
      • ‘No wonder so many people brave the dark roads to sample the delights on offer.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the city has become a gleaming, shining pretty pearl in a box of pleasures and delights.’
      • ‘Enjoy culinary delights at international food booths representing more than 40 countries.’
      • ‘And there are the quickie meals for those who have no time to enjoy culinary delights at a leisurely pace.’
      • ‘All disciples of cinematic perversion know too well the delights of suffering in the face of intense pleasure.’
      beautiful sight, vision of loveliness, feast for the eyes, pleasure to behold, dream, beauty, spectacle, picture, joy, marvel, sensation
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French delitier (verb), delit (noun), from Latin delectare ‘to charm’, frequentative of delicere. The -gh- was added in the 16th century by association with light.

Pronunciation

delight

/dəˈlīt//dəˈlaɪt/