the state or feeling of being pleased.
enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking; gratification; delight.
worldly or frivolous enjoyment: the pursuit of pleasure.
recreation or amusement; diversion; enjoyment: Are you traveling on business or for pleasure?
sensual gratification.
a cause or source of enjoyment or delight: It was a pleasure to see you.
pleasurable quality: the pleasure of his company.
one's will, desire, or choice: to make known one's pleasure.
verb (used with object), pleasured, pleasuring.
to give pleasure to; gratify; please.
verb (used without object), pleasured, pleasuring.
to take pleasure; delight: I pleasure in your company.
to seek pleasure, as by taking a holiday.

1325–75; late Middle English (see please, -ure); replacing Middle English plaisir < Middle French (noun use of infinitive) < Latin placēre to please

pleasureful, adjective
pleasureless, adjective
pleasurelessly, adverb
antipleasure, noun, adjective

1. happiness, gladness, delectation. Pleasure, enjoyment, delight, joy refer to the feeling of being pleased and happy. Pleasure is the general term: to take pleasure in beautiful scenery. Enjoyment is a quiet sense of well-being and pleasurable satisfaction: enjoyment at sitting in the shade on a warm day. Delight is a high degree of pleasure, usually leading to active expression of it: delight at receiving a hoped-for letter. Joy is a feeling of delight so deep and so lasting that one radiates happiness and expresses it spontaneously: joy at unexpected good news. 5. voluptuousness. 8. preference, wish, inclination, predilection. Unabridged
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pleasure (ˈplɛʒə)
1.  an agreeable or enjoyable sensation or emotion: the pleasure of hearing good music
2.  something that gives or affords enjoyment or delight: his garden was his only pleasure
3.  a.  amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
 b.  (as modifier): a pleasure boat; pleasure ground
4.  euphemistic sexual gratification or enjoyment: he took his pleasure of her
5.  a person's preference or choice
vb (when intr, often foll by in)
6.  to give pleasure to or take pleasure (in)
[C14 plesir, from Old French; related to Old French plaisir to please]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "condition of enjoyment," from O.Fr. plesir "enjoyment, delight" (12c.), from plaisir (v.) "to please," from L. placere (see please (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in -ure (measure, etc.). Meaning "sensual enjoyment as the chief object
of life" is attested from 1520s. The verb meaning "to give pleasure to" is recorded from 1550s; sexual sense by 1610s. Related: Pleasured; pleasuring.
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