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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
en•joy /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to take pleasure in;
    experience with joy: [+ object]The audience enjoyed the new opera.[+ verb-ing]I enjoy walking from the train to school.
  2. [+ object] to have the benefit of;
    have and use with satisfaction: They enjoy one of the world's highest standards of living.
  3. [Informal.]to enjoy oneself:[no object;  often in a suggestion]Here's your dinner; enjoy!
  1. Idiomsenjoy oneself, to experience pleasure;
    have a good time;
    have fun:Did you enjoy yourself at the party?

    enjoy is a verb, enjoyable is an adjective, enjoyment is a noun:I enjoy old movies. Those days at the beach were enjoyable times. We shared a lot of enjoyment back then.
    The verb enjoy usually takes an object, except for the very informal use of definition 3, where it is often used as a request or suggestion;
    for this meaning, enjoy yourself is still more usual. Note also that enjoy may be followed by the -ing form of a verb:I enjoy hiking/running/walking, but not by the infinitive, or to + verb form. It differs therefore from like, a verb with similar meaning, which may take either the -ing form or the to + verb form.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
en•joy  (en joi),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to experience with joy;
    take pleasure in:He enjoys Chinese food.
  2. to have and use with satisfaction;
    have the benefit of:He enjoys an excellent income from his trust funds.
  3. to find or experience pleasure for (oneself ):She seems to enjoy herself at everything she does.
  4. to undergo (an improvement):Automobile manufacturers have enjoyed a six-percent rise in sales over the past month.
  5. to have intercourse with.
en•joyer, n. 
en•joying•ly, adv. 
  • Old French enjoier to give joy to. See en-1, joy
  • Middle English enjoyen to make joyful 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appreciate, fancy, relish, savor.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged possess, own.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

enjoy /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/ vb (transitive)
  1. to receive pleasure from; take joy in
  2. to have the benefit of; use with satisfaction
  3. to have as a condition; experience: the land enjoyed a summer of rain
  4. enjoy oneselfto have a good time
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French enjoir, from en-1 + joir to find pleasure in, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice

enˈjoyable adj enˈjoyableness n enˈjoyably adv enˈjoyer n

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