UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈplɛʒər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈplɛʒɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(plezhər)

Inflections of 'pleasure' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
pleas•ure /ˈplɛʒɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. enjoyment from something that one likes:[uncountable]They get a lot of pleasure from their grandchildren.
  2. a cause or source of enjoyment or delight:[countable]the pleasures of the mind.
  3. recreation or amusement:[uncountable]to travel for pleasure.
  4. a feeling of delight in the senses:[uncountable]Psychologists study the use of pain and pleasure as ways of motivating people.
  5. one's will or desire;
    preference:[uncountable]to make known one's pleasure.
  1. with pleasure or my pleasure, (used to express polite willingness to do what is or has been asked, or gracious satisfaction at having been helpful):"Can you come tonight?'' —"With pleasure.'' "Thanks for your help.'' —"My pleasure.''

See -plac-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
pleas•ure  (plezhər),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -ured, -ur•ing. 
  1. the state or feeling of being pleased.
  2. enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking;
  3. worldly or frivolous enjoyment:the pursuit of pleasure.
  4. recreation or amusement;
    enjoyment:Are you traveling on business or for pleasure?
  5. sensual gratification.
  6. a cause or source of enjoyment or delight:It was a pleasure to see you.
  7. pleasurable quality:the pleasure of his company.
  8. one's will, desire, or choice:to make known one's pleasure.

  1. to give pleasure to;

  1. to take pleasure;
    delight:I pleasure in your company.
  2. to seek pleasure, as by taking a holiday.
pleasure•ful, adj. 
pleasure•less, adj. 
pleasure•less•ly, adv. 
  • Latin placēre to please
  • Middle French (noun, nominal use of infinitive)
  • 1325–75; late Middle English (see please, -ure); replacing Middle English plaisir
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged happiness, gladness, delectation.
      Pleasure, enjoyment, delight, joy refer to the feeling of being pleased and happy.
      Pleasure is the general term:to take pleasure in beautiful scenery.Enjoyment is a quiet sense of well-being and pleasurable satisfaction:enjoyment at sitting in the shade on a warm day.Delight is a high degree of pleasure, usually leading to active expression of it:delight at receiving a hoped-for letter.Joy is a feeling of delight so deep and so lasting that one radiates happiness and expresses it spontaneously:joy at unexpected good news.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged voluptuousness.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged preference, wish, inclination, predilection.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
pleasure /ˈplɛʒə/ n
  1. an agreeable or enjoyable sensation or emotion: the pleasure of hearing good music
  2. something that gives or affords enjoyment or delight: his garden was his only pleasure
  3. amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
  4. (as modifier): a pleasure boat, pleasure ground
  5. euphemistic sexual gratification or enjoyment: he took his pleasure of her
  6. a person's preference or choice
  1. when intr, often followed by in: to give pleasure to or take pleasure (in)
Etymology: 14th Century plesir, from Old French; related to Old French plaisir to please
'pleasure' also found in these entries:
Collocations: sexually explicit: pleasure your [lover, boyfriend, wife], a [great, enormous, real, genuine, immense] pleasure, a pleasure [boat, ride, ground, port], more...

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