Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: enjoir, from Latin gaudere 'to show great happiness'


en‧joy S1 W1 [transitive]
1 to get pleasure from something:
Sandra enjoys her job in the city.
enjoy doing something
Young children enjoy helping around the house.
enjoy yourself (=be happy in a particular situation)
Julia was just starting to enjoy herself.
! Enjoy is never followed by a preposition, and almost always has an object: Did you enjoy it (NOT Did you enjoy)? | I enjoyed myself at Cal's (NOT I enjoyed at Cal's).
2 formal to have a particular ability or advantage:
These workers enjoy a high level of job security.


spoken used to say that you hope someone gets pleasure from something you give them:
Here's your steak - enjoy!

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