verb (used with object)
to experience with joy; take pleasure in:
He enjoys Chinese food.
to have and use with satisfaction; have the benefit of:
He enjoys an excellent income from his trust funds.
to find or experience pleasure for (oneself):
She seems to enjoy herself at everything she does.
to undergo (an improvement):
Automobile manufacturers have enjoyed a six-percent rise in sales over the past month.
to have intercourse with.
to receive pleasure from; take joy in
to have the benefit of; use with satisfaction
to have as a condition; experience: the land enjoyed a summer of rain
(archaic) to have sexual intercourse with
enjoy oneself, to have a good time
late 14c., “rejoice, be glad” (intransitive), from Old French enjoir “to give joy, rejoice, take delight in,” from en- “make” (see en- (1)) + joir “enjoy,” from Latin gaudere “rejoice” (see joy); Sense of “have the use or benefit of” first recorded early 15c. (replacing Old English brucan; see brook (v.)).
Meaning “take pleasure in” is mid-15c. In modern use it has a tendency to lose its connection with pleasure: newspaper photo captions say someone enjoys an ice cream cone, etc., when all she is doing is eating it, and Wright’s “English Dialect Dictionary” (1900) reports widespread use in north and west England of the phrase to enjoy bad health for one who has ailments. Related: Enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys.
An exhortation to be happy, to enjoy oneself: Go. Read. Enjoy. It couldn’t hurt/ The trooper grinned. ”Enjoy,” he said, and walked on toward the cruiser
[1980s+; fr a Yiddish speech pattern, recorded but not approved by Leo Rosten]
[en-joi-muh nt] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ mənt/ noun 1. the act of . 2. the possession, use, or occupancy of anything with satisfaction or pleasure: to have the enjoyment of a large income. 3. a particular form or source of pleasure: Hunting is his greatest enjoyment. 4. Law. the exercise of a right: the enjoyment of an estate. […]
[en-joi] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ/ verb (used with object) 1. to experience with joy; take pleasure in: He enjoys Chinese food. 2. to have and use with satisfaction; have the benefit of: He enjoys an excellent income from his trust funds. 3. to find or experience pleasure for (oneself): She seems to enjoy herself at everything she does. […]
[en-kef-uh-lin] /ɛnˈkɛf ə lɪn/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. either of two pentapeptides that bind to morphine receptors in the central nervous system and have opioid properties of relatively short duration; one pentapeptide (Met enkephalin) has the amino acid sequence Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe-Met and the other (Leu enkephalin) has the sequence Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe-Leu. /ɛnˈkɛfəlɪn/ noun 1. a chemical occurring in […]
enkephalinergic en·keph·a·li·ner·gic (ěn-kěf’ə-lə-nûr’jĭk) adj. Of or relating to nerve cells or fibers that employ an enkephalin as their neurotransmitter.