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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.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.
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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.
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