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"enjoy" in British English

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enjoyverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/
  • enjoy verb [T] (PLEASURE)

A1 to get ​pleasure from something: I really enjoyed that ​movie/​book/​concert/​party/​meal. [+ -ing verb] I ​want to ​travel because I enjoy ​meetingpeople and ​seeing new ​places.enjoy yourself

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A2 to get ​pleasure from the ​situation that you are in: I don't ​think Marie is enjoying herself very much at ​school. Come on, why aren't you ​dancing? Enjoy yourselves!
enjoy! informal something you say to someone when you have given that ​person something and you ​want them to enjoy it: Here are ​yourdrinks. Enjoy!

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(Definition of enjoy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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enjoyverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/
  • enjoy verb [T] (LIKE TO DO)

to ​feelhappy because of doing or experiencing something: We enjoyed the ​scenery. I enjoyed ​yourbook very much. Enjoy ​yourweekend. She ​liked her ​job because she enjoyed ​meetingpeople. To enjoy yourself is to ​feelhappy because of a ​situation or an ​event in which you took ​part: I really enjoyed myself last ​night.
  • enjoy verb [T] (BENEFIT)

to have the ​benefit of something: The ​schools here enjoy ​strongcommunitysupport. She enjoyed good ​health well into her 90s.
(Definition of enjoy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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