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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 .
References in classic literature ?
He seemed conscious of possessing a keener power of enjoyment than other people; his quick recognitions made him frantically impatient of deliberate judgments.
I should like him better if he did; if he were more like others, and I had to plan somewhat for his comfort and enjoyment.
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is.
But their sanguine hopes of enjoyment were not entirely fulfilled.
For, not only had his son and heir come into immediate enjoyment of a rich estate, but there was a claim through an Indian deed, confirmed by a subsequent grant of the General Court, to a vast and as yet unexplored and unmeasured tract of Eastern lands.
It might be difficult -- and it was so -- to conceive how he should exist hereafter, so earthly and sensuous did he seem; but surely his existence here, admitting that it was to terminate with his last breath, had been not unkindly given; with no higher moral responsibilities than the beasts of the field, but with a larger scope of enjoyment than theirs, and with all their blessed immunity from the dreariness and duskiness of age.
The conclusion of it appeared to amuse him extremely, for he shook his shoulders and sides in silence, and perked up his thin lips with an air of great internal enjoyment.
Is there any enjoyment in it, if his opinion is that he is aggrieved?
To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it.
During all the rest of the seance my paper traveled from group to group all up and down and about that huge hall, and my happy eye was upon it always, and I sat motionless, steeped in satisfaction, drunk with enjoyment.
It is no matter whether one talks wisdom or nonsense, the case is the same, the bulk of the enjoyment lies in the wagging of the gladsome jaw and the flapping of the sympathetic ear.
WELL, you get all the enjoyment you can out of it NOW, for mind I tell you if I catch you meddling with him again --"