enjoy


enjoy
enjoy (v.) late 14c., "rejoice, be glad" (intransitive), from O.Fr. enjoir "to give joy, rejoice, take delight in," from en- "make" (see EN- (Cf. en-) (1)) + joir "enjoy," from L. gaudere "rejoice" (see JOY (Cf. joy)); Sense of "have the use or benefit of" first recorded early 15c. (replacing O.E. brucan; see BROOK (Cf. 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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  • Enjoy — En*joy , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enjoyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enjoying}.] [OF. enjoier to receive with joy; pref. en (L. in) + OF. & F. joie joy: cf. OF. enjoir to enjoy. See {Joy}.] 1. To take pleasure or satisfaction in the possession or experience… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • enjoy — ► VERB 1) take pleasure in. 2) (enjoy oneself) have a pleasant time. 3) possess and benefit from: these professions enjoy high status. DERIVATIVES enjoyment noun. ORIGIN Old French enjoier give joy to or enjoïr enjoy …   English terms dictionary

  • Enjoy — (Боликейме,Португалия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Rua Das Agostas, Casa Da Alfarrobeira, 8100 06 …   Каталог отелей

  • Enjoy — Album par Bob Sinclar Sortie 3 juin 2004 Enregistrement 1998 2004 Genre House French touch Label …   Wikipédia en Français

  • enjoy — index own, possess, realize (obtain as a profit), relish, remain (occupy) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • enjoy — en‧joy [ɪnˈdʒɔɪ] verb [transitive] 1. LAW to use a legal right and benefit from it: • Local producers enjoy tariff protection at home. enjoyment noun [uncountable] : • Development of the golf course will not be permitted if it causes disruption… …   Financial and business terms

  • enjoy — continues to be used with reference to things that are the complete opposite of enjoyable (such as ill health or a poor reputation), despite its identification as a ‘catachrestic’ (incorrect) use in the OED: • Despite the jokey reputation that… …   Modern English usage

  • enjoy — [v1] take pleasure in, from something adore, appreciate, be entertained, be fond of, be pleased, cotton to*, delight in, dig*, dote on*, drink in*, eat up*, fancy, flip over*, freak out on*, get a charge out of*, get a kick out of*, get high on* …   New thesaurus

  • enjoy — [en joi′, injoi′] vt. [ME enjoien < OFr enjoir < en , in + joir, to rejoice < L gaudere, to be glad: see JOY] 1. to have or experience with joy; get pleasure from; relish 2. to have the use or benefit of; have as one s lot or advantage… …   English World dictionary

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