Definition of enjoyment in US English:



  • 1The state or process of taking pleasure in something.

    ‘the enjoyment of a good wine’
    • ‘Their satisfaction, well-being and enjoyment of the race are their primary goals.’
    • ‘His father delighted in my enjoyment of his wine.’
    • ‘The purpose of sport was to provide fun activities during recreation time from which people could derive plenty of pleasure, fun and enjoyment.’
    • ‘Another friend has always informed me that passion is good, indulge in it and get enjoyment and pleasure.’
    • ‘From their point of view, you are generously sending them an expensive item that is commonly used for enjoyment and pleasure.’
    • ‘For me, art is a medium for pleasure and enjoyment.’
    • ‘The days and nights that followed were a blur of happiness, enjoyment and contentment.’
    • ‘It was also the most expensive player, which ensured quality and hours of pleasurable listening enjoyment.’
    • ‘With the bowling season approaching lots of people derive a great pleasure and enjoyment from outdoor bowling.’
    • ‘But from my perspective I would argue that is is hard to place a value on the sheer enjoyment, excitement and pleasure you brought to so many.’
    • ‘The dedication, hard work and enjoyment combined to give pleasure to the cast, production team and helpers, and to the audiences who supported them.’
    • ‘Both of these careers spanned over my lifetime and both brought great enjoyment and pleasure to me.’
    • ‘The feedback too has been very positive with people who have been away for many years getting great enjoyment and pleasure from reading the book.’
    • ‘Eventually you'll find something that works, and you're sure to find enjoyment in the process.’
    • ‘Last weekend's flurry of hail and snow brought a lot of enjoyment and pleasure to thousands of children around the country.’
    • ‘He puts restaurant's success down to good food, polite efficient service, and the process of pleasure and enjoyment.’
    • ‘What it's really about is relaxation and enjoyment - the simplest of pleasures.’
    • ‘I was under the impression that the park was a public open space… accessible 24 hours a day for enjoyment and relaxation.’
    • ‘His enjoyment of life and passion for flying shone through.’
    • ‘They claim enjoyment of the peace and beauty of the park is being undermined for locals and visitors alike who are being put at risk.’
    pleasure, entertainment, amusement, diversion, recreation, relaxation
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    1. 1.1 A thing that gives pleasure.
      ‘one of his particular enjoyments was campfire singing’
      • ‘However, on holiday, Maya developed a real enjoyment for splashing around.’
      • ‘It adds the interests and views and enjoyments of another person.’
      • ‘People could taste the freshest food while appreciating the views along the river, a different enjoyment from that in restaurants.’
      • ‘A culture that ceased to value these things and got all its enjoyments from, say, video games, would not just be different from ours but inferior.’
      • ‘From the triathlon and local hikes for the seriously sporty to pub-crawls and hog roasts for those who prefer gentler enjoyments, the carnival programme has something for everyone.’
      • ‘My daughter, Laura, is severely disabled and one of her few enjoyments is a visit to the pool for the freedom of the water and the company of her friends.’
      • ‘However a further enjoyment was in store for everyone, when Mr and Mrs Bartlett were invited to celebrate their golden wedding with fellow members.’
      • ‘Even more unobtainable, no doubt, is a measure of the comparative enjoyments derivable from choosing for oneself.’
      • ‘There's a forgiveness about her, an enjoyment of life, which she spreads out to others.’
      • ‘Anyone with an allotment or a back garden, an enjoyment in growing things and a love of good food could do the same.’
      • ‘One of the main enjoyments was how good the props were, they were simply stunning.’
      • ‘Once you feel there's nothing to be scared of, there's an enjoyment in playing, understanding and using those works.’
      • ‘Knowing his wants, and being able to provide for them, he is capable of anticipating future enjoyments, and of connecting hope with an infinite variety of ideas.’
      • ‘Motor cars, theatre, and holidays in the south of France were other enjoyments, until Lewis and his wife semi-retired to the Warwickshire countryside in 1963.’
      • ‘The next month starts on July 18 and, until then, I'm afraid I'll have to take a break here and in all my other online enjoyments.’
  • 2The action of possessing and benefiting from something.

    • ‘In this context, sharing is predicated upon the idea of individuals having common possession, enjoyment or use of goods.’
    • ‘The rent payments were made recurrently to secure the continued enjoyment of those advantages.’
    • ‘As well as being highly beneficial to their development, pupils get a lot of enjoyment out of it as an after school activity.’
    • ‘They might well provide much greater benefit, even more enjoyment, over the long term.’
    • ‘Molly and Billy were very appreciative of gifts bestowed on them and were delighted that the Hospice was a worthy beneficiary as a result of their own enjoyment.’
    • ‘I've thought about who could get use or enjoyment out of my possessions and have written down who should receive them.’
    • ‘Or rather, things are not seen as individual possessions but as being available for common use and enjoyment.’
    • ‘Any tenant has a contractual right to quiet possession and enjoyment of the letting.’
    • ‘She says competitions and opportunities to exhibit and display artistic work benefit the artist and bring enjoyment to people.’
    • ‘Those provisions do not deprive a person of his possessions or interfere with his peaceful enjoyment of them.’
    • ‘But if the work itself is not endangered or made less available for study and enjoyment, what is the harm?’
    benefit, advantage, use, possession, ownership, blessing, favour, exercise, endowment, availability
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