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pleas·ure

 (plĕzh′ər)
n.
1. The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified.
2. A source of enjoyment or delight: The graceful skaters were a pleasure to watch.
3. Amusement, diversion, or worldly enjoyment: "Pleasure ... is a safer guide than either right or duty" (Samuel Butler).
4. Sensual gratification or indulgence.
5. One's preference or wish: What is your pleasure?
v. pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing, pleas·ures
v.tr.
To give pleasure or enjoyment to; gratify: Our host pleasured us with his company.
v.intr.
1. To take pleasure; delight: The hiker paused, pleasuring in the sounds of the forest.
2. To go in search of pleasure or enjoyment.
Idiom:
my pleasure
Used to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.

[Middle English, from Old French plaisir, from plaisir, to please; see please.]

pleas′ure·less adj.

pleasure

(ˈplɛʒə)
n
1. an agreeable or enjoyable sensation or emotion: the pleasure of hearing good music.
2. something that gives or affords enjoyment or delight: his garden was his only pleasure.
3.
a. amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
b. (as modifier): a pleasure boat; pleasure ground.
4. euphemistic sexual gratification or enjoyment: he took his pleasure of her.
5. a person's preference or choice
vb
(when: intr, often foll by in) to give pleasure to or take pleasure (in)
[C14 plesir, from Old French; related to Old French plaisir to please]
ˈpleasureful adj
ˈpleasureless adj

pleas•ure

(ˈplɛʒ ər)

n., v. -ured, -ur•ing. n.
1. enjoyment or satisfaction derived from something that is to one's liking; gratification; delight.
2. a cause or source of enjoyment or delight: It was a pleasure to see you.
3. worldly or frivolous enjoyment: the pursuit of pleasure.
4. recreation or amusement: to travel for pleasure.
5. sensual gratification.
6. pleasurable quality.
7. one's will or desire; preference: to make known one's pleasure.
v.t.
8. to give pleasure to; gratify; please.
v.i.
9. to take pleasure; delight (often fol. by in).
10. to seek pleasure, as by taking a holiday.
[1325–75; late Middle English plesur(e), Middle English plesir < Middle French plaisir (n. use of infinitive) to please]
pleas′ure•ful, adj.

Pleasure


a mania for pleasing delusions.
1. the cultivation of a refined taste, as in food, art, music, etc.; connoisseurship.
2. a devotion or adaptation to luxurious tastes, especially in drinking and eating, or to indulgence in sensual pleasures. — epicure, n.epicurean, n., adj.
the characteristics of a pleasure trip. — excursionist, n.excursional, adj.
hedonology.
1. Ethics. the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good. See also epicurism.
2. a devotion to pleasure as a way of life. — hedonist, n.hedonistic, adj.
Rare. the study of human pleasure. Also called hedonics.
a mania for pleasure.
Rare. a person devoted to worldly pleasure; hedonist or sybarite.
a form of conduct conforming to the precepts of the Stoics, especially as characterized by indifference to pain and pleasure. — stoic, n., adj.stoical, adj.
devotion to sensual pleasures. — sybarite, n.sybaritic, adj.

Pleasure

 

See Also: GAIETY, HAPPINESS, JOY

  1. As much fun as a newborn kitten —Mary Hood
  2. As rewarding as a message from Billy Graham —Anon blurb about a romantic novel
  3. A decided pleasure … as sweet as returning soldiers sometimes admit the act of killing to be —John Updike

    The simile from Updike’s novel, Roger’s Version, refers to the pleasure of affronting public opinion.

  4. Enjoyed [the difficulties of a job] … as a good fighter loves a battle —Frank Swinnerton
  5. Fun is like life insurance, the older you get the more it costs —Abe Martin

    Frank McKinney Hubbard, also known as Kin Hubbard and Abe Martin, often wrote in country dialect. In the above simile, for example, he used ‘git’ instead of ‘get.’

  6. It’s (talking on the telephone) as good as a warm bath and a glass of milk —Enid Nemy, quoting Hazel Duke’s telephone habits, New York Times/New Yorkers, August 24, 1986
  7. It was marvelous, like seeing a capsized boat right itself, and knowing no serious damage had been done —John Fowles
  8. Luxuriating like a fucked-out lion —John Updike
  9. Pleased as a well tipped waiter —Anon
  10. Pleased, like a young housewife going through her house and finding everything in good order —Isak Dinesen
  11. Pleasure came like a lash —Julio Cortázar
  12. Pleasure is frail like a dewdrop, while it laughs it dies —Sir Rabindranath Tagore
  13. Pleasure is like a massive dose of vitamins —Anon
  14. Pleasures are like poppies spread —Robert Burns
  15. Pleasures are more beneficial than duties, because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest —Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Pleasures are much like mushrooms. The right kind are fine, but you have to be on the lookout for the toadstools —Boston Transcript, May 21, 1921
  17. Relish … like a robin-redbreast —William Shakespeare
  18. (She was as) satisfying as the morning breeze —Frank Swinnerton
  19. Savor experience as naturally as he accepts the prismatic blessing of sunshine glancing through the glass he holds —Francis X. Clines, New York Times, October 19, 1986

    Clines’ subject is television writer John Mortimer.

  20. Snarl at pleasure like a stoic —Lord Chesterfield
  21. Snatches a crumb of pleasure like a dog snapping up a bone amid a host of dangers —Honoré de Balzac

pleasure

Pleasure is a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment.

McPherson could scarcely conceal his pleasure at my resignation.
I can't understand how people can kill for pleasure.

Pleasure is usually an uncount noun. You say, for example, that something gives you pleasure. You do not say that it gives you 'a pleasure'.

I don't think any other book I have written has given me such great pleasure.
The event gave enormous pleasure to a lot of people.

You can talk about the pleasure of doing something.

I'd travel a thousand miles just for the pleasure of meeting you.
The soil has been tended here not for profit or prestige but for the pleasure of growing and caring for living things.

pleasure


Past participle: pleasured
Gerund: pleasuring

Imperative
pleasure
pleasure
Present
I pleasure
you pleasure
he/she/it pleasures
we pleasure
you pleasure
they pleasure
Preterite
I pleasured
you pleasured
he/she/it pleasured
we pleasured
you pleasured
they pleasured
Present Continuous
I am pleasuring
you are pleasuring
he/she/it is pleasuring
we are pleasuring
you are pleasuring
they are pleasuring
Present Perfect
I have pleasured
you have pleasured
he/she/it has pleasured
we have pleasured
you have pleasured
they have pleasured
Past Continuous
I was pleasuring
you were pleasuring
he/she/it was pleasuring
we were pleasuring
you were pleasuring
they were pleasuring
Past Perfect
I had pleasured
you had pleasured
he/she/it had pleasured
we had pleasured
you had pleasured
they had pleasured
Future
I will pleasure
you will pleasure
he/she/it will pleasure
we will pleasure
you will pleasure
they will pleasure
Future Perfect
I will have pleasured
you will have pleasured
he/she/it will have pleasured
we will have pleasured
you will have pleasured
they will have pleasured
Future Continuous
I will be pleasuring
you will be pleasuring
he/she/it will be pleasuring
we will be pleasuring
you will be pleasuring
they will be pleasuring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pleasuring
you have been pleasuring
he/she/it has been pleasuring
we have been pleasuring
you have been pleasuring
they have been pleasuring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pleasuring
you will have been pleasuring
he/she/it will have been pleasuring
we will have been pleasuring
you will have been pleasuring
they will have been pleasuring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pleasuring
you had been pleasuring
he/she/it had been pleasuring
we had been pleasuring
you had been pleasuring
they had been pleasuring
Conditional
I would pleasure
you would pleasure
he/she/it would pleasure
we would pleasure
you would pleasure
they would pleasure
Past Conditional
I would have pleasured
you would have pleasured
he/she/it would have pleasured
we would have pleasured
you would have pleasured
they would have pleasured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pleasure - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experiencepleasure - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
delectation, delight - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
enjoyment - the pleasure felt when having a good time
pleasantness - the feeling caused by agreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
sexual pleasure - pleasure derived from sexual activities
painfulness, pain - emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid; "the pain of loneliness"
2.pleasure - something or someone that provides a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"
positive stimulus - a stimulus with desirable consequences
3.pleasure - a formal expression; "he serves at the pleasure of the President"
choice, pick, selection - the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor"
4.pleasure - an activity that affords enjoyment; "he puts duty before pleasure"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
luxuriation - an activity that affords excessive pleasure and enjoyment
5.pleasure - sexual gratification; "he took his pleasure of her"
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"

pleasure

noun
2. amusement, joy, recreation, diversion, solace, jollies (slang), beer and skittles (informal) Watching TV is our only pleasure.
amusement labour, duty, obligation, necessity, abstinence
3. wish, choice, desire, will, mind, option, preference, inclination Let me get you a drink. What's your pleasure?
take pleasure in something enjoy, like, adore, love, relish, delight in, savour, revel in, get a kick out of (informal), be entertained by, be amused by He took pleasure in humiliating her.
with pleasure gladly, of course, happily, readily, cheerfully, willingly, by all means `Could you put the advert in the post to us?' - `With pleasure.'
Related words
like hedonomania
fear hedonophobia
Quotations
"Everyone is dragged on by their favourite pleasure" [Virgil Eclogue]
"Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"Sweet is pleasure after pain" [John Dryden Alexander's Feast]
"The rapturous, wild, and ineffable pleasure"
"Of drinking at somebody else's expense" [Henry Sambrooke Leigh Carols of Cockayne]
"Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain" [John Selden Table Talk]
"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other" [Jane Austen Emma]

pleasure

noun
1. A feeling of extreme gratification aroused by something good or desired:
2. The condition of responding pleasurably to something:
3. A desire for a particular thing or activity:
4. Unrestricted freedom to choose:
verb
1. To give great or keen pleasure to:
Archaic: joy.
2. To feel or take joy or pleasure:
Translations
سُرورسُرور، مُتْعَه، فَرَح
насладаудоволствие
potěšeníradost
fornøjelseglæde
plezuro
lõbu
huviilo
zadovoljstvopreferencijaužitak
gyönyörűség
ánægja
楽しみ
기쁨
iškylų valtisjausti malonumąsu malonumu
baudaprieks
plăcere
razvedrilouživativeseljezadovoljstvo
behagnöje
ความปิติยินดี
thú vui

pleasure

[ˈpleʒəʳ]
A. N
1. (= satisfaction) → placer m, gusto m; (= happiness) → alegría f
to be fond of pleasureser amante de los placeres
sexual pleasureplacer m sexual
my pleasure!; the pleasure is mine! (frm) (returning thanks) → ¡de nada!, ¡no hay de qué! (esp LAm)
what pleasure can you find in shooting partridges?¿qué placer encuentras en matar perdices?
to do sth for pleasurehacer algo por gusto or placer
is this trip for business or pleasure?¿este viaje es de negocios o de placer?
to get pleasure from sthdisfrutar con algo
to give sb pleasuredar gusto a algn
if it gives you any pleasuresi te gusta
I have much pleasure in informing you thattengo el gran placer de comunicarles que ...
may I have the pleasure? (frm) (at dance) → ¿quiere usted bailar?
Mr and Mrs Brown request the pleasure of your company (frm) (on invitation) → los Sres. Brown tienen el placer de solicitar su asistencia
to take pleasure in booksdisfrutar leyendo
I take great pleasure in watching them growdisfruto muchísimo viéndolos crecer
to take pleasure in teasing sbdisfrutar tomándo el pelo a algn
with pleasurecon mucho gusto
2. (= source of pleasure) → placer m, gusto m
it's a real pleasurees un verdadero placer
all the pleasures of Londontodos los placeres de Londres
it's a pleasure to see herda gusto verla
it's a pleasure to know thates un motivo de satisfacción saber que ...
3. (frm) (= will) → voluntad f
what is your pleasure, sir?¿en qué puedo servirle, señor?, ¿qué manda el señor?
at sb's pleasuresegún la voluntad de algn
to be detained during her Majesty's pleasure (Jur) → quedar encarcelado a disposición del Estado
B. VT (sexually) → dar placer a
to pleasure o.s (euph) (= masturbate) → masturbarse
C. CPD pleasure boat, pleasure craft Nbarco m de recreo
pleasure cruise Ncrucero m de recreo
pleasure ground Nparque m de atracciones
pleasure seeker Nhedonista mf
pleasure steamer Nvapor m de recreo
pleasure trip Nviaje m de placer

pleasure

[ˈplɛʒər] n
(= enjoyment) → plaisir m
I read for pleasure → Je lis pour le plaisir.
to mix business and pleasure → mélanger les affaires et le plaisir
Is this trip for business or pleasure?
BUT Est-ce un voyage d'affaires ou d'agrément?.
to take pleasure in sth → prendre plaisir à qch
to take pleasure in doing sth → prendre plaisir à faire qch
to give sb great pleasure → donner beaucoup de plaisir à qn
(= source of enjoyment) → plaisir m
Watching TV is our only pleasure → Regarder la télé est leur seul plaisir.
(in polite phrases) it's a pleasure! → c'est un plaisir !
my pleasure! → c'est un plaisir !
with pleasure → avec plaisir
it's a pleasure to meet you → c'est un plaisir de vous rencontrerpleasure boat nbateau m de plaisancepleasure craft nbateau m de plaisancepleasure cruise ncroisière f

pleasure

n
(= satisfaction, happiness)Freude f; it’s a pleasure, (my) pleasuregern (geschehen)!; with pleasuresehr gerne, mit Vergnügen (form); the pleasure is all mine (form)das Vergnügen ist ganz meinerseits (form); it’s my very great pleasurees ist mir ein großes Vergnügen, …; it gives me great pleasure to be here (form)es ist mir eine große Freude, hier zu sein; it would give me great pleasure to …es wäre mir ein Vergnügen, zu …; if it gives you pleasurewenn es dir Vergnügen bereitet; I have much pleasure in informing you that …ich freue mich (sehr), Ihnen mitteilen zu können, dass …; to have the pleasure of doing somethingdas Vergnügen haben, etw zu tun; to do something for pleasureetw zum Vergnügen tun; he finds pleasure in bookser hat Freude an Büchern; he gets a lot of pleasure out of his hobbyer hat viel Freude or Spaß an seinem Hobby; to get pleasure from or out of doing somethingSpaß daran haben, etw zu tun; he seems to take pleasure in annoying mees scheint ihm Vergnügen zu bereiten, mich zu ärgern; but don’t think I’ll take pleasure in itaber glaub nicht, dass mir das Spaß macht; may I have the pleasure? (form)darf ich (um den nächsten Tanz) bitten? (form); will you do me the pleasure of dining with me? (form)machen Sie mir das Vergnügen, mit mir zu speisen? (form); Mrs X requests the pleasure of Mr Y’s company (form)Frau X gibt sich die Ehre, Herrn Y einzuladen (form); Mr Y has great pleasure in accepting … (form)Herr Y nimmt … mit dem größten Vergnügen an (form)
(= amusement)Vergnügen nt; is it business or pleasure?(ist es) geschäftlich oder zum Vergnügen?
(= source of pleasure)Vergnügen nt; it’s a pleasure to meet youes freut mich, Sie kennenzulernen; it’s a pleasure to work with himes ist ein Vergnügen, mit ihm zusammenzuarbeiten; he’s a pleasure to teaches ist ein Vergnügen, ihn zu unterrichten; the pleasures of country lifedie Freuden des Landlebens; all the pleasures of Londonalle Vergnügungen Londons; she has very few pleasures in lifesie hat nicht viele Freuden im Leben
(iro, form: = will) → Wunsch m; at (one’s) pleasurenach Belieben, nach Gutdünken; to await somebody’s pleasureabwarten, was jd zu tun geruht; during Her Majesty’s pleasure (Jur) → auf unbestimmte Zeit

pleasure

in cpdsVergnügungs-;
pleasure boat
n
Vergnügungsdampfer mor -schiff nt, → Ausflugsdampfer mor -schiff nt
(= yacht etc)Hobbyboot nt
pleasure craft
nHobbyboot nt
pleasure cruise
pleasure ground
nParkanlage f; (= fairground)Vergnügungspark m
pleasure-loving
adjlebenslustig, leichtlebig (pej)
pleasure principle
n (Psych) → Lustprinzip nt
pleasure-seeker
nVergnügungshungrige(r) mf
pleasure-seeking
adjvergnügungshungrig
pleasure trip
nVergnügungsausflug mor -reise f

pleasure

[ˈplɛʒəʳ]
1. n
a. (satisfaction, happiness) → piacere m
with pleasure → con piacere, volentieri
it's a pleasure!, my pleasure!, the pleasure is mine! (frm) (returning thanks) → prego!, il piacere è (tutto) mio!
I have much pleasure in informing you that ... → sono lieto di informarla che...
may I have the pleasure? (frm) (at dance) → mi concede l'onore di questo ballo?
Mr and Mrs Smith request the pleasure of your company (frm) → i Signori Smith gradirebbero averla come ospite
b. (source of pleasure) → piacere m
all the pleasures of London → tutti i divertimenti di Londra
is this trip for business or pleasure? → è un viaggio d'affari o di piacere?
c. (frm) (will) → desiderio, volontà
at sb's pleasure → secondo i desideri di qn
we await your pleasure (Comm) → siamo a vostra disposizione
to be detained during her Majesty's pleasure (Law) essere condannato ad una pena detentiva di durata illimitata (prevista per i reati più gravi)
2. adj (cruise) → di piacere

pleasure

(ˈpleʒə) noun
something that gives one enjoyment; joy or delight. the pleasures of country life; I get a lot of pleasure from listening to music.
ˈpleasurable adjective
giving pleasure; agreeable. a pleasurable pastime.
ˈpleasurably adverb
ˈpleasure-boat / ˈpleasure-craft nouns
a boat used for pleasure.
take pleasure in
to get enjoyment from. He takes great pleasure in annoying me.

pleasure

سُرور potěšení fornøjelse Vergnügen ευχαρίστηση placer ilo plaisir zadovoljstvo piacere 楽しみ 기쁨 plezier fornøyelse przyjemność prazer удовольствие nöje ความปิติยินดี zevk thú vui 愉快

pleasure

n placer m, gusto
References in classic literature ?
Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.
George Willard had a habit of talking aloud to himself and to hear him doing so had always given his mother a peculiar pleasure.
Enough now to show you an old map I found, or, rather, a copy of it, and some of the papers that tell of the idol," and he spread out his packet of papers on the table in front of him, his eyes shining with excitement and pleasure.
We did not tell Pavel's secret to anyone, but guarded it jealously--as if the wolves of the Ukraine had gathered that night long ago, and the wedding party been sacrificed, to give us a painful and peculiar pleasure.
Pontellier is capricious," said Madame Lebrun, who was amusing herself immensely and feared that Edna's abrupt departure might put an end to the pleasure.
A third wore trappings and arms of an officer of the staff; while the rest, from the plainness of the housings, and the traveling mails with which they were encumbered, were evidently fitted for the reception of as many menials, who were, seemingly, already waiting the pleasure of those they served.
This was a pleasure which perhaps the whole day's visit might not afford, which certainly did not belong to the present halfhour; but the very sight of Mrs.
This conviction, though not entirely satisfactory, gave her pleasure, and she continued her letter with greater alacrity.
He was flushed with excitement and pleasure, and looked extraordinarily handsome.
First, the instinct of imitation is implanted in man from childhood, one difference between him and other animals being that he is the most imitative of living creatures, and through imitation learns his earliest lessons; and no less universal is the pleasure felt in things imitated.
You needed them; I know that from Thedora herself, and it will always be a particular pleasure to me to gratify you in anything.
Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Jane's week, could not bring herself to receive them with pleasure before.