Definition of happiness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhæpinəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæpinəs//
    [uncountable] Happiness
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  1. 1the state of feeling or showing pleasure to find true happiness Her eyes shone with happiness. Their grandchildren are a constant source of happiness. See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2the state of being satisfied that something is good or right synonym satisfaction The meeting expressed happiness about the progress made. See related entries: Happiness
  3. Synonymssatisfactionhappiness pride contentment fulfilmentThese are all words for the good feeling that you have when you are happy or when you have achieved something.satisfaction the good feeling that you have when you have achieved something or when something that you wanted to happen does happen:He derived great satisfaction from knowing that his son was happy.happiness the good feeling that you have when you are happy:Money can’t buy you happiness.pride a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction that you get when you or people who are connected with you have done something well or own something that other people admire:The sight of her son graduating filled her with pride.contentment (rather formal) a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you have:They found contentment in living a simple life.fulfilment a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you do or have done:her search for personal fulfilmentsatisfaction, happiness, contentment or fulfilment? You can feel satisfaction at achieving almost anything, small or large; you feel fulfilment when you do something useful and enjoyable with your life. Happiness is the feeling you have when things give you pleasure and can be quite a lively feeling; contentment is a quieter feeling that you get when you have learned to find pleasure in things.Patterns satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment/​fulfilment in something real satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment/​fulfilment true satisfaction/​happiness/​contentment/​fulfilment great satisfaction/​happiness/​pride quiet satisfaction/​pride/​contentment to feel satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment to bring somebody satisfaction/​happiness/​pride/​contentment/​fulfilment to find satisfaction/​happiness/​contentment/​fulfilmentWord Familyhappy adjective (unhappy)happily adverb (unhappily)happiness noun (unhappiness)