Meaning of “pleasure” in the English Dictionary

"pleasure" in English

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pleasurenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈpleʒ.ər/ us /ˈpleʒ.ɚ/

B1 enjoyment, happiness, or satisfaction, or something that gives this:

His visits gave his grandparents such pleasure.
Why do so many boys take pleasure in torturing insects and small animals?
[ + to infinitive ] It was such a pleasure to meet you.
He wrote an article on the pleasures and pains of camping.
Coffee is one of my few pleasures.

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

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pleasurenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈpleʒ·ər/

a feeling of enjoyment or satisfaction, or something that produces this feeling:

[ U ] The boy’s visits gave his grandparents a great deal of pleasure.
[ C usually sing ] It’s always a pleasure to see you.

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With him as rapporteur, it was therefore almost a pleasure for myself and my colleagues to work towards the outcome that is now before us.
I cannot wait for the other directives coming along on small pleasure craft and the small spark ignition engine which will complete the story.
Let me say what a pleasure it is to welcome you to a discussion which is at the heart of our actions and our priorities.
I had the responsibility and pleasure of dealing with the liability of carriers, in the event of accidents involving passengers on board.
Today, as we offer our thanks to you, but also to the permanent representation, for your outstanding work and preparation, our pleasure is therefore that much greater.
I would like to start by saying that it is a great pleasure to speak to you today, before the important vote, just after first reading.
Previously, there was pride and pleasure taken in being part of a universally admired institution, but now staff are frequently demoralised by the unceasing criticism.
The euro may to some extent prevent some fluctuation in internal exchange rates, as supporters of the currency take great pleasure in explaining time and again.
We have just had the great pleasure of welcoming 162 observers from all those candidate countries that have carried out their negotiations successfully.
The conciliation procedure was a real pleasure.