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joy

noun uk   /dʒɔɪ/ us  

joy noun (HAPPINESS)

B2 [U] great happiness: They were filled with joy when their first child was born. She wept for joy when she was told that her husband was still alive.Pleasure and happiness B2 [C] a person or thing that causes happiness: Listening to music is one of his greatest joys. the joys of parenthood [+ to infinitive] Her singing is a joy to listen to.Pleasure and happiness

joy noun (SUCCESS)

[U] UK informal success, action, or help: [+ -ing verb] Did you have any joy finding that book you wanted? We tried asking local libraries for information, but got no joy from any of them.Success and achievementsHigher and lower points of achievementFailures
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