enjoy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English enjoyen, from Old French enjoier, anjoier, enjoer (to give joy, receive with joy, rejoice), equivalent to en- +‎ joy.

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enjoy (third-person singular simple present enjoys, present participle enjoying, simple past and past participle enjoyed)

  1. To receive pleasure or satisfaction from something
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4: 
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
    Enjoy your holidays!   I enjoy dancing.
  2. To have the use or benefit of something.
    • Bible, Numbers xxxvi. 8
      that the children of Israel may enjoy every man the inheritance of his fathers
    • 1988, Harry G Frankfurt, The importance of what we care about: philosophical essays
      This account fails to provide any basis for doubting that animals of subhuman species enjoy the freedom it defines.
    I plan to go travelling while I still enjoy good health.
  3. To have sexual intercourse with.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

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