Definition of enjoy in English:

enjoy

Pronunciation: /inˈjoi//enˈjoi/

verb

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

    ‘Joe enjoys reading Icelandic family sagas’
    • ‘It was great to have a number of people who have only recently joined the party enjoying their first party conference.’
    • ‘The film is mostly a reflection of leisure time and shows activities enjoyed by people at the weekend.’
    • ‘They allegedly spent the money on watching three movies and enjoying a sumptuous dinner.’
    • ‘Primary school children enjoyed a performance of special music.’
    • ‘After setting up their tents, these young people would start enjoying a picnic.’
    • ‘In spite of the hard work, this is an occasion enjoyed by those who take part.’
    • ‘Well done to all who won medals and to all those who participated and enjoyed the occasion.’
    • ‘She was in great form that day and enjoyed the occasion and meeting up with many of her old friends.’
    • ‘As a reward, they get taken on trips and enjoy activities such as tennis lessons.’
    • ‘One endearing aspect of the night was the amount of young people present and enjoying the occasion.’
    • ‘They also enjoyed a buffet lunch and were presented with commemorative badges.’
    • ‘Following the tournament, teams enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by a charity auction.’
    • ‘Schools taking part will enjoy activities designed to promote reading as a fun activity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seriously though, we love sitting down and enjoying a meal together, even better than going out for a meal.’
    • ‘They had been due to watch the golf on a large screen while enjoying a meal and drinks.’
    • ‘Many were just enjoying the holiday event, the music and the fireworks.’
    • ‘And the young star cannot wait for the film to be released after enjoying the experience of making it so much.’
    • ‘This gives them their only opportunity to enjoy the occasional meal out or a drink with friends.’
    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’
      • ‘It's a pleasant scene at the zoo, seeing the families enjoying themselves.’
      • ‘All agreed it was a beautiful ceremony and those who watched it live enjoyed themselves immensely until the early hours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I say we forget about all this for now and go the Crestman's Christmas party and enjoy ourselves tonight.’
      • ‘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 look to provide quality live performance, and if we are enjoying ourselves then the audience will too.’
      • ‘It was a great party, I enjoyed myself thoroughly.’
      • ‘We want to make it easier for people of all ages to live healthier lifestyles and to enjoy themselves in the process.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What was delightful about his performance was that he was unafraid to enjoy himself, and revel in the role's potential for comedy.’
      • ‘I'm there to enjoy myself and to celebrate what has been achieved.’
      • ‘This also means they will probably be buried in books while others are enjoying themselves at parties.’
      • ‘Everyone sounds like they're enjoying themselves, and celebrating their father.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We will go out there and totally enjoy ourselves and celebrate our success.’
      • ‘He really enjoyed himself while he was here, having celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Lily in New York.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We agreed we wanted to enjoy ourselves and party until late.’
      have fun, have a good time, enjoy life, be happy, live, live life to the full, have the time of one's life
      party, make merry, celebrate, revel, roister
      have a ball, have a whale of a time, groove, make whoopee, whoop it up, let one's hair down
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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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He does not enjoy exclusive possession and hence the unrestricted right to use this.’
    • ‘She no longer enjoys the benefit of a legal aid certificate.’
    • ‘The United Kingdom enjoys the benefits of a mature democracy and a general respect for the rule of law.’
    • ‘The youthful looking Mrs. Curran enjoys excellent health and lives life to the full.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now nine-month-old Rosie enjoys good health but her grateful parents know just how close they came to tragedy.’
    • ‘The planning process, on the other hand, enjoys the benefits of sequential planning.’
    • ‘The only problem is that to enjoy the full benefits you need money - a lot of money.’
    • ‘We in this generation are enjoying the benefits of many inventions of the past for little or no money.’
    • ‘Pat enjoys good health and we wish him many more years of health and happiness.’
    • ‘Though retired for many years, he enjoys good health and intends to visit Ireland this year as he did last year.’
    • ‘An additional advantage is that it now enjoys the benefit of fuel-efficiency.’
    • ‘Mr Stead says access rights enjoyed for decades are now subject to application.’
    • ‘They also pointed out that the clergy enjoys some benefits not given to others.’
    • ‘Neither did she enjoy the benefits, including access to a pension scheme, that he did.’
    • ‘The electorate was enjoying the benefit of years of unbroken economic growth.’
    • ‘Exempted companies are subject to a number of restrictions and enjoy other benefits.’
    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

/inˈjoi//enˈjoi/