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“delight” in British English

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delightnoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈlaɪt/ us /dɪˈlaɪt/

B2 (something or someone that gives) great pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness:

My sister's little boy is a real delight.
I read your letter with great delight.
The children squealed in delight when they saw all the presents under the Christmas tree.
He seems to take great delight in (= enjoys) teasing his sister.
the delights of sth

the pleasures of something:

We're just discovering the delights of being retired.

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delightverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈlaɪt/ us /dɪˈlaɪt/

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

“delight” in American English

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delightnoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈlɑɪt/

great pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness, or something or someone that gives this:

[ C ] My sister’s little boy is a real delight.
[ U ] His music teacher expressed delight with his performance.

delightverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈlɑɪt/

to give someone great pleasure or satisfaction:

The songs of countrypeople and of sailors delight me.
Peter’s success at college delighted his family.

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

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