- 1 [uncountable, singular] 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. He felt a glow of pride as people stopped to admire his garden. pride (in something) Itake (a) pride in my work. pride (in doing something) We take great pride in offering the best service in town. I looked with pride at what I had achieved. Success in sports is a source of national pride. Thesaurussatisfactionhappiness pride contentment fulfillmentThese 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 (somewhat formal) a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you have:They found contentment in living a simple life.fulfillment a feeling of happiness or satisfaction with what you do or have done:her search for personal fulfillmentsatisfaction, happiness, contentment, or fulfillment?You can feel satisfaction at achieving almost anything, small or large; you feel fulfillment 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/fulfillment in something real satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment true satisfaction/happiness/contentment/fulfillment great satisfaction/happiness/pride quiet satisfaction/pride/contentment to feel satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment to bring somebody satisfaction/happiness/pride/contentment/fulfillment to find satisfaction/happiness/contentment/fulfillment
- 2[singular] the pride of something a person or thing that gives people a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction The new sports stadium is the pride of the town. respect for yourself
- 3[uncountable] the feeling of respect that you have for yourself Pride would not allow him to accept the money. Her pride was hurt. Losing his job was a real blow to his pride. It's time to swallow your pride (= hide your feelings of pride) and ask for your job back.
- 4[uncountable] (disapproving) the feeling that you are better or more important than other people Male pride forced him to suffer in silence. see also proud lions
- 5[countable] a group of lions Idioms
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a person or thing that causes someone to feel great pleasure or satisfaction The car is her pride and joy.
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if you have too high an opinion of yourself or your abilities, something will happen to make you look stupid
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the position in which something is most easily seen that is given to the most important thing in a particular group The photo was given pride of place on the mantel.
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