Meaning of “enjoy” in the English Dictionary

"enjoy" in British English

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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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  • I'm ready to go home now but I don't want to drag you away if you're enjoying yourself.
  • The beer festival was a huge open-air event with music, stalls and everyone enjoying themselves.
  • Time passes so quickly when you're enjoying yourself.
  • Don't be spoilsport - let the children enjoy themselves a little!
  • We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously at the party.

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!

More examples

  • I used to enjoy going to the theatre, but I don't get much opportunity now.
  • After a hard day's work I enjoy a beer or two.
  • "It was very kind of you to look after the baby all day." "Oh, it was nothing, I enjoyed it."
  • I enjoyed my course at first, but after a time I got bored with it.
  • The whole family was enjoying a leisurely stroll in the sunshine.

(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:

She enjoyed good health well into her 90s.

(Definition of “enjoy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)