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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.
Origin of enjoy
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 enjoying
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  • "Not at a boarding-house, at least," said that gentleman, enjoying the fun.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • "Not so far as enjoying your company is concerned," said Linda.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "I was in the drawing-room, enjoying my dinner," said Brillat-Savarin, beginning an anecdote.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I'm so delighted to see her enjoying herself so much, for you know, she's wonderful.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Solon was enjoying his certainty that he held the key to the situation.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for enjoying


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 enjoying



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for enjoying



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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