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1. Great pleasure; joy: The proud parents' faces beamed with delight.
2. Something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment: The vacation was a delight for the whole family.
v. de·light·ed, de·light·ing, de·lights
1. To take great pleasure or joy: delights in taking long walks.
2. To give great pleasure or joy: an old movie that still delights.
To please greatly: a movie that will delight all audiences. See Synonyms at please.
[Middle English delit, from Old French, a pleasure, from delitier, to please, charm, from Latin dēlectāre : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + lactāre, frequentative of lacere, to entice.]
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