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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENJOYING

"Not at a boarding-house, at least," said that gentleman, enjoying the fun.

"Not so far as enjoying your company is concerned," said Linda.

I'm so delighted to see her enjoying herself so much, for you know, she's wonderful.

"I was in the drawing-room, enjoying my dinner," said Brillat-Savarin, beginning an anecdote.

Solon was enjoying his certainty that he held the key to the situation.

Why are you in London, enjoying our abominable spring weather?

For at present you in Freeland are enjoying the fruits of the progress of others.

One summer evening he was sitting in his courtyard, enjoying the cool air.

He was only enjoying an interview—a vengeance—he was loath to terminate.

Secretly they were enjoying her gayety because it was so pretty.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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