delight

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2018
de•light /dɪˈlaɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. great enjoyment;
    joy;
    happiness:[uncountable]I get a great deal of delight from watching my children read their books.
  2. something that gives great pleasure:[countable]The zoo is a delight to visit.

v. 
  1. [ + obj] to give delight to:The circus will delight young and old alike.
  2. [ + in + verb-ing] to have or take great pleasure:She delights in walking.
de•light•ed, adj. : [ be + ~ + to + verb]I was delighted to see you.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2018
de•light  (di līt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment;
    joy;
    rapture:She takes great delight in her job.
  2. something that gives great pleasure:The dance was a delight to see.

v.t. 
  1. to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to;
    please highly:The show delighted everyone.

v.i. 
  1. to have great pleasure;
    take pleasure (fol. by in or an infinitive):She delights in going for long walks in the country.
de•lighter, n. 
de•lighting•ly, adv. 
de•lightless, adj. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of verb, verbal
  • Latin delectāre (see delectable); (noun, nominal) respelling, respelled (as above) of Middle English delit
  • Anglo-French deliter, Old French delitier
  • (verb, verbal) respelling, respelled, after light1, of earlier delite, Middle English deliten 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged transport, delectation. See  pleasure. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged charm, enrapture.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distress.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disappointment.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

delight /dɪˈlaɪt/ vb
  1. (transitive) to please greatly
  2. (intransitive) followed by in: to take great pleasure (in)
n
  1. extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
  2. something that causes this
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French delit, from deleitier to please, from Latin dēlectāre, from dēlicere to allure, from de- + lacere to entice; see delicious; English spelling influenced by light



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Collocations: [earthly, gleaming, culinary, sexual] delights, [writhing, sighing, grinning, eating, dancing] in delight, [writhing] in [pure, sheer] delight, more...

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