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

      

    enjoy

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enjoy
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪ//
     
    he / she / it enjoys
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪz//
     
    past simple enjoyed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪd//
     
    past participle enjoyed
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪd//
     
    -ing form enjoying
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪɪŋ//
     
    Happiness
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to get pleasure from something enjoy something We thoroughly enjoyed our time in New York. Thanks for a great evening. I really enjoyed it. enjoy doing something I enjoy playing tennis and squash. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  2. 2  [transitive] enjoy yourself to be happy and get pleasure from what you are doing They all enjoyed themselves at the party. Grammar PointenjoyNote the following patterns: I enjoyed myself at the party. I enjoyed at the party. Thanks. I really enjoyed it. Thanks. I really enjoyed. I enjoy playing basketball. I enjoy to play basketball. I enjoy reading very much. I enjoy very much reading. I hope you enjoy your trip. I hope you enjoy with your trip. See related entries: Happiness
  3. 3[transitive] enjoy something (formal) to have something good that is an advantage to you People in this country enjoy a high standard of living. He's always enjoyed good health.
  4. 4[intransitive] enjoy! (informal) used to say that you hope somebody gets pleasure from something that you are giving them or recommending to them Here's that book I promised you. Enjoy!
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French enjoier ‘give joy to’ or enjoïr ‘enjoy’, both based on Latin gaudere ‘rejoice’.Extra examples Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. I simply enjoy the feeling of power. I was just beginning to enjoy it when the rain came down. She greatly enjoys her work. The kids all seemed to enjoy themselves. We enjoyed the game immensely. Departmental managers enjoy considerable autonomy in the workplace. He has always enjoyed good health. Here’s that book I promised you. Enjoy! I hope you enjoy your trip. Thanks for a great evening. I really enjoyed it.
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