enjoy[en jo̵i′, in-]
This woman enjoys her meal.
- An example of enjoy is a child laughing while on a swing.
- An example of enjoy is a couple eating a great meal together.
- to have or experience with joy; get pleasure from; relish
- to have the use or benefit of; have as one's lot or advantage: the book enjoyed large sales
Origin of enjoyMiddle English enjoien ; from Old French enjoir ; from en-, in + joir, to rejoice ; from Classical Latin gaudere, to be glad: see joy
verben·joyed, en·joy·ing, en·joys
- To receive pleasure or satisfaction from.
- To have the use or benefit of: enjoys good health.
Origin of enjoyMiddle English enjoien, from Old French enjoir : en-, intensive pref.; see en–1 + joir, to rejoice (from Latin gaudēre; see gāu- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present enjoys, present participle enjoying, simple past and past participle enjoyed)
- This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
From Middle English enjoyen, from Old French enjoier, anjoier, enjoer (“to give joy, receive with joy, rejoice”), equivalent to en- + joy.
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