A mother shares the pleasure of reading with her daughter.
- Pleasure means the state of being pleased, delighted or gratified.
An example of pleasure is enjoying reading books.
- Pleasure is defined as to please or gratify someone.
An example of pleasure is to cook someone a very special meal.
- a pleased feeling; enjoyment; delight; satisfaction
- one's wish, will, or choice: what is your pleasure?
- a thing that gives delight or satisfaction
- gratification of the senses; sensual satisfaction
- amusement; fun
Origin of pleasureME, altered from plesir from Middle French plaiser, origin, originally infinitive : see please
transitive verb-·ured, -·ur·ing
- to give pleasure to, now specif., sexually
- to have sexual intercourse with
- The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified.
- A source of enjoyment or delight: The graceful skaters were a pleasure to watch.
- Amusement, diversion, or worldly enjoyment: “Pleasure … is a safer guide than either right or duty” ( Samuel Butler )
- Sensual gratification or indulgence.
- One's preference or wish: What is your pleasure?
verbpleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing, pleas·ures
- To take pleasure; delight: The hiker paused, pleasuring in the sounds of the forest.
- To go in search of pleasure or enjoyment.
Origin of pleasureMiddle English from Old French plaisir from plaisir to please ; see please .
- (uncountable) A state of being pleased.
- He remembered with pleasure his home and family.
- I get a lot of pleasure from watching others work hard while I relax.
- (countable) A person, thing or action that causes enjoyment.
- It was a pleasure to meet you.
- Having a good night's sleep is one of life's little pleasures.
- (uncountable) One's preference.
- What is your pleasure: coffee or tea?
- (formal, uncountable) The will or desire of someone or some agency in power.
- to hold an office at pleasure: to hold it indefinitely until it is revoked
- to be imprisoned at Her Majesty's pleasure: to be imprisoned indefinitely
- at Congress's pleasure: whenever or as long as Congress desires
- pleasure to meet you, pleased to meet you
(third-person singular simple present pleasures, present participle pleasuring, simple past and past participle pleasured)
- To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.
- to give pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) to
- Johnny pleasured Jackie orally last night.
- (intransitive, dated) To take pleasure; to seek or pursue pleasure.
- to go pleasuring
From Early Modern English pleasur, plesur, alteration (with ending accommodated to -ure), of Middle English plaisir (“pleasure"), from Old French plesir, plaisir (“to please"), infinitive used as a noun, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placÄ“re (“to please, to seem good"), from the Proto-Indo-European *plÄ-k- (“wide and flat"). More at please.