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[en-joi] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
to experience with joy; take pleasure in:
He enjoys Chinese food.
to have and use with satisfaction; have the benefit of:
He enjoys an excellent income from his trust funds.
to find or experience pleasure for (oneself):
She seems to enjoy herself at everything she does.
to undergo (an improvement):
Automobile manufacturers have enjoyed a six-percent rise in sales over the past month.
to have intercourse with.
1350-1400; Middle English enjoyen to make joyful < Old French enjoier to give joy to. See en-1, joy
Related forms
enjoyer, noun
enjoyingly, adverb
preenjoy, verb (used with object)
reenjoy, verb (used with object)
unenjoyed, adjective
unenjoying, adjective
unenjoyingly, adverb
1. appreciate, fancy, relish, savor. 2. possess, own. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enjoyed
  • Some of that is due to the influence of the traditional academic freedom that faculty members have enjoyed.
  • Companies making goods that have previously enjoyed high levels of duty protection, such as refrigerators, are in for a shock.
  • Ask students to think of a public place they have visited and enjoyed.
  • Humans have long enjoyed crowing about their intellectual superiority in the animal kingdom.
  • Plant in location where silhouette, flowers, and fall color can be enjoyed close up.
  • Jane enjoyed watching her four grandchildren grow older.
  • We've enjoyed exploring with you and your students this year.
  • The brain has long enjoyed a privileged status as psychology's favorite body organ.
  • Thanks to its year-round mild climate, almost all activities can be enjoyed every season.
  • Attractive in large pots placed where flowers can be enjoyed close up.
British Dictionary definitions for enjoyed


verb (transitive)
to receive pleasure from; take joy in
to have the benefit of; use with satisfaction
to have as a condition; experience: the land enjoyed a summer of rain
(archaic) to have sexual intercourse with
enjoy oneself, to have a good time
Derived Forms
enjoyable, adjective
enjoyableness, noun
enjoyably, adverb
enjoyer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enjoir, from en-1 + joir to find pleasure in, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice
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Word Origin and History for enjoyed



late 14c., "rejoice, be glad" (intransitive), from Old French enjoir "to give joy, rejoice, take delight in," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + joir "enjoy," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy); Sense of "have the use or benefit of" first recorded early 15c. (replacing Old English brucan; see brook (v.)).

Meaning "take pleasure in" is mid-15c. In modern use it has a tendency to lose its connection with pleasure: newspaper photo captions say someone enjoys an ice cream cone, etc., when all she is doing is eating it, and Wright's "English Dialect Dictionary" (1900) reports widespread use in north and west England of the phrase to enjoy bad health for one who has ailments. Related: Enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys.

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Slang definitions & phrases for enjoyed



An exhortation to be happy, to enjoy oneself: Go. Read. Enjoy. It couldn't hurt/ The trooper grinned. ''Enjoy,'' he said, and walked on toward the cruiser

[1980s+; fr a Yiddish speech pattern, recorded but not approved by Leo Rosten]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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