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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.
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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
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(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.
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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)

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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"
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1. The condition of responding pleasurably to something:
2. A feeling of extreme gratification aroused by something good or desired:
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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
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[ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt] n
(= pleasure) → plaisir m
enjoyment of life → joie f de vivre
[rights, privileges, benefits] → jouissance f
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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
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[ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt] npiacere m
to find enjoyment in sth/in doing sth → provare piacere in qc/nel fare qc
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(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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I was ashamed (even now, perhaps, I am ashamed): I got to the point of feeling a sort of secret abnormal, despicable enjoyment in returning home to my corner on some disgusting Petersburg night, acutely conscious that that day I had committed a loathsome action again, that what was done could never be undone, and secretly, inwardly gnawing, gnawing at myself for it, tearing and consuming myself till at last the bitterness turned into a sort of shameful accursed sweetness, and at last--into positive real enjoyment!
Lady Middleton piqued herself upon the elegance of her table, and of all her domestic arrangements; and from this kind of vanity was her greatest enjoyment in any of their parties.
But, though discomfited and disappointed, he could still do something for his own interest and his own enjoyment. He soon quitted Bath; and on Mrs Clay's quitting it soon afterwards, and being next heard of as established under his protection in London, it was evident how double a game he had been playing, and how determined he was to save himself from being cut out by one artful woman, at least.
A Fox seeing him sitting so long and learning the reason of his doing so, said to him, "You are indeed, sir, sadly deceiving yourself; you are indulging a hope strong enough to cheat you, but which will never reward you with enjoyment."
Thinking it might possibly be in the enjoyment of the elective franchise, he gave it a cordial and earnest grasp.
Here Catherine and Isabella, arm in arm, again tasted the sweets of friendship in an unreserved conversation; they talked much, and with much enjoyment; but again was Catherine disappointed in her hope of reseeing her partner.
But the voluptuous Indian, with every desire supplied, whom Providence has bountifully provided with all the sources of pure and natural enjoyment, and from whom are removed so many of the ills and pains of life--what has he to desire at the hands of Civilization?
I enjoyed this scene, and yet my enjoyment was embittered both by the memory of the past and the anticipation of the future.
That I was happy needs hardly be said; the only bar to my perfect enjoyment of those golden days was the presence of Dr.
Every object in the next day's journey was new and interesting to Elizabeth; and her spirits were in a state of enjoyment; for she had seen her sister looking so well as to banish all fear for her health, and the prospect of her northern tour was a constant source of delight.
No more than any other talent, is that for music susceptible of complete enjoyment, where there is no second party to appreciate its exercise.
Although Levin believed himself to have the most exact conceptions of domestic life, unconsciously, like all men, he pictured domestic life as the happiest enjoyment of love, with nothing to hinder and no petty cares to distract.