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



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the pleasure that you get from something He spoiled my enjoyment of the game by talking all through it. The rules are there to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. Children seem to have lost their enjoyment in reading. I get a lot of enjoyment from my grandchildren. Do you get any enjoyment out of this type of work? Synonymsfunpleasure (a) good time enjoyment (a) great timeThese are all words for the feeling of enjoying yourself, or activities or time that you enjoy.fun (rather informal) the feeling of enjoying yourself; activities that you enjoy:We had a lot of fun at Sarah’s party. Sailing is good/​great fun.pleasure (rather formal) the feeling of enjoying yourself or being satisfied:Reading for pleasure and reading for study are not the same.(a) good time (rather informal) a time that you spend enjoying yourself:We had a good time in Spain.enjoyment (rather formal) the feeling of enjoying yourself:I get a lot of enjoyment from music.pleasure or enjoyment?Enjoyment usually comes from an activity that you do; pleasure can come from something that you do or something that happens:He beamed with pleasure at seeing her. He beamed with enjoyment at seeing her.(a) great time (rather informal) a time that you spend enjoying yourself very much:We had a really great time together.Patterns to do something for fun/​pleasure/​enjoyment great fun/​pleasure/​enjoyment to have fun/​a good time/​a great time to get pleasure/​enjoyment from something to spoil the fun/​somebody’s pleasure/​somebody’s enjoyment
  2. 2[countable] something that gives you pleasure Children like to share interests and enjoyments with their parents.
  3. 3[uncountable] enjoyment of something (formal) the fact of having and using something the enjoyment of equal rights
  4. Extra examples Food is there to keep you healthy and enhance your enjoyment of life. For sheer enjoyment, you can’t beat this game. Her little grandson has been a source of great enjoyment to her. I did this work for my own enjoyment, not for money. I play rugby purely for enjoyment. I still find enjoyment in the job. Mackie was smiling with enjoyment. The noise really spoilt her enjoyment in living there. The show brought enjoyment to millions of viewers. They found real enjoyment just in being together. Your enjoyment of the movie depends on being able to overlook the terrible acting. I get a lot of enjoyment from gardening.
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