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1. The act or state of enjoying.
2. Use or possession of something beneficial or pleasurable.
3. Something that gives pleasure: Classical music was her chief enjoyment.
4. Law The receipt of the benefits of a property, such as ownership or use.


1. the act or condition of receiving pleasure from something
2. the use or possession of something that is satisfying or beneficial
3. something that provides joy or satisfaction
4. (Law) the possession or exercise of a legal right


(ɛnˈdʒɔɪ mənt)

1. the act of enjoying.
2. a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction; delight; gratification.
3. the possession, use, or occupancy of something satisfying or advantageous.
4. a particular form or source of pleasure: Bowling is his greatest enjoyment.
5. the exercise of a legal right: the enjoyment of an estate.



get a bang out of To derive pleasure from, to get a thrill from, to get a charge out of. In this common American expression, bang carries its slang meaning of intense exhilaration.

He seems to be getting a great bang out of the doings. (Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls, 1931)

get a charge out of To become physically or mentally exhilarated; to enjoy greatly; to get a kick out of. This expression, derived from the physical jolt caused by an electric charge, is commonplace in the United States, but is somewhat less frequently heard in Great Britain.

It seems to me that people get a bigger charge out or their grandchildren than they did from their own offspring. (New York Times Magazine, May, 1963)

lick one’s chops To eagerly anticipate, especially in reference to food; to take great delight or pleasure in, to relish. In this expression, chops refers to the mouth or lips. Lick refers to the action of the tongue in response to the excessive salivation that often precedes or accompanies the enjoying of food. By extension, one can “lick one’s chops” over any pleasurable experience.

music to the ears Pleasing or agreeable news, good tidings, just what one wanted to hear; usually in the phrase that’s music to my ears. Good news is as pleasant to hear as sweet music.

tickle one’s fancy To appeal to someone, to please, to make happy, to delight, to amuse.

Such … was the story that went the round of the newspapers at the time, and highly tickled Scott’s fancy. (John G. Lockhart, Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, 1837)

Tickle in this phrase means ‘to excite agreeably’ and fancy is equivalent to ‘imagination.’ Figurative use of this popular expression dates from about the late 18th century.

warm the cockles of the heart To induce sensations of joy, comfort, or love. The cockle, a palatable mollusk, was often compared to the heart by early anatomists because of its shape and valves. Furthermore, the scientific name for cockle is the Greek cardium ‘heart.’ The phrase enjoys frequent use today, usually in reference to the kindling of pleasurable emotions.

An expedition … which would have delighted the very cockles of your heart. (Scott, in Lockhart, Letters, 1792)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enjoyment - the pleasure felt when having a good timeenjoyment - the pleasure felt when having a good time
pleasure, pleasance - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
joie de vivre - a keen enjoyment of living
gusto, relish, zest, zestfulness - vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
2.enjoyment - act of receiving pleasure from something
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
3.enjoyment - (law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"
legal right - a right based in law
fair use - the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties
fruition - enjoyment derived from use or possession
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"



1. The condition of responding pleasurably to something:
2. A feeling of extreme gratification aroused by something good or desired:
مُتْعَه، تَمَتُّع
nautn, ánægja


[ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt] N
1. (= pleasure) → placer m
he listened with real enjoymentescuchó con verdadero placer
to find enjoyment in sth/in doing sthdisfrutar or gozar de algo/haciendo algo
2. (= possession) [of good health etc] → posesión f, disfrute m


[ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt] n
(= pleasure) → plaisir m
enjoyment of life → joie f de vivre
[rights, privileges, benefits] → jouissance f


Vergnügen nt, → Spaß m (→ of an +dat); he got a lot of enjoyment from the bookdas Buch machte ihm großen Spaß; she gets a lot of enjoyment from readingLesen macht ihr großen Spaß or bringt ihr viel Freude
(of rights, income, fortune)Genuss m


[ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt] npiacere m
to find enjoyment in sth/in doing sth → provare piacere in qc/nel fare qc


(inˈdʒoi) verb
1. to find pleasure in. He enjoyed the meal.
2. to experience; to be in the habit of having (especially a benefit). he enjoyed good health all his life.
enˈjoyable adjective
an enjoyable book; That was most enjoyable.
enˈjoyment noun
the enjoyment of life.
enjoy oneself
to experience pleasure or happiness. She enjoyed herself at the party.

enjoy must be followed by an object: He enjoys reading / We enjoyed ourselves .
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You will then, pardon me, Alice, should I diminish your enjoyments, by requesting this gentleman to postpone his chant until a safer opportunity.
Indeed, all the enjoyments of this period were provocative of tears.
All were characterised by the sternness and severity which old portraits so invariably put on, as if they were the ghosts, rather than the pictures, of departed worthies, and were gazing with harsh and intolerant criticism at the pursuits and enjoyments of living men.
For, not to hint of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis of the thing.
To have a great gang of seven hundred, whom I could not know personally, or feel any individual interest in, bought and driven, housed, fed, worked like so many horned cattle, strained up to military precision,--the question of how little of life's commonest enjoyments would keep them in working order being a constantly recurring problem,--the necessity of drivers and overseers,--the ever-necessary whip, first, last, and only argument,--the whole thing was insufferably disgusting and loathsome to me; and when I thought of my mothcr's estimate of one poor human soul, it became even frightful!
I say only this: if he is at all timid, the enjoyments of the trip will hardly make up for the hardships and sufferings he will have to endure.
She was a fit mother for Huldah, being much the most stylish person in Riverboro; ill health and dress were, indeed, her two chief enjoyments in life.
The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments.
And now I looked much better than I did when Bessie saw me; I had more colour and more flesh, more life, more vivacity, because I had brighter hopes and keener enjoyments.
He had been content with daily labour and rough animal enjoyments, till Catherine crossed his path.
Thus I have told thee all my State, and brought My Storie to the sum of earthly bliss Which I enjoy, and must confess to find In all things else delight indeed, but such As us'd or not, works in the mind no change, Nor vehement desire, these delicacies I mean of Taste, Sight, Smell, Herbs, Fruits, & Flours, Walks, and the melodie of Birds; but here Farr otherwise, transported I behold, Transported touch; here passion first I felt, Commotion strange, in all enjoyments else Superiour and unmov'd, here onely weake Against the charm of Beauties powerful glance.
Under the mild protection of the Batavian Government, they enjoyed already that freedom of religious worship, for which they had resigned so many comforts and enjoyments at home; but their hearts panted for a restoration to the bosom of their country.