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enjoyment

[en-joi-muh nt] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of enjoying.
2.
the possession, use, or occupancy of anything with satisfaction or pleasure:
to have the enjoyment of a large income.
3.
a particular form or source of pleasure:
Hunting is his greatest enjoyment.
4.
Law. the exercise of a right:
the enjoyment of an estate.
Origin of enjoyment
1545-1555
1545-55; enjoy + -ment
Related forms
preenjoyment, noun
reenjoyment, noun
self-enjoyment, noun
Synonyms
2. delight, gratification. See pleasure.
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  • But he had one piece of enjoyment that would have driven a monkey mad with envy.

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn
  • Money means to the traveller not only health, enjoyment, comfort, but knowledge.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Though Ruth was very much annoyed, the incident seemingly served to accentuate Winfield's enjoyment.

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
  • Beyond this she had little time for enjoyment, for she had so much work to do.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • I left her to the enjoyment of that melancholy luxury, and gazed on in strange delight.

    Willing to Die Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for enjoyment

enjoyment

/ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt/
noun
1.
the act or condition of receiving pleasure from something
2.
the use or possession of something that is satisfying or beneficial
3.
something that provides joy or satisfaction
4.
the possession or exercise of a legal right
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Word Origin and History for enjoyment
n.

1550s, from enjoy + -ment.

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