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enjoyverb [T]

uk   /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/  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 meeting people 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 your drinks. Enjoy!

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

"enjoy" in American English

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enjoyverb [T]

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

to feel happy because of doing or experiencing something: We enjoyed the scenery. I enjoyed your book very much. Enjoy your weekend. She liked her job because she enjoyed meeting people.
To enjoy yourself is to feel happy 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 strong community support. She enjoyed good health well into her 90s.
(Definition of enjoy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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