Definition of relish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

relish

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they relish
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃ//
 
he / she / it relishes
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃɪz//
 
past simple relished
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃt//
 
past participle relished
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃt//
 
-ing form relishing
BrE BrE//ˈrelɪʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrelɪʃɪŋ//
 
 
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to get great pleasure from something; to want very much to do or have something synonym enjoy relish something to relish a fight/challenge/debate to relish the idea/thought of something I don't relish the prospect of getting up early tomorrow. relish (somebody/something) doing something Nobody relishes cleaning the oven. Word Origin Middle English: alteration of obsolete reles, from Old French reles ‘remainder’, from relaisser ‘to release’. The early noun sense was ‘odour, taste’ giving rise to ‘appetizing flavour, piquant taste’ (mid 17th cent.), and hence sense (2) (late 18th cent.).Extra examples He did not particularly relish the prospect of a meeting with his boss. She secretly relished the thought of being alone with him. He was relishing his moment of glory. I always relish a good debate. I don’t relish the prospect of getting up early tomorrow. to relish the idea/​thought of something
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