pleasure

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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)
pleasures
v 3rd person singular
pleasuring
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
pleasured
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
pleasured
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.
Idioms
  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. 
n. 
  1. the state or feeling of being pleased.
  2. enjoyment or satisfaction derived from what is to one's liking;
    gratification;
    delight.
  3. worldly or frivolous enjoyment:the pursuit of pleasure.
  4. recreation or amusement;
    diversion;
    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.

v.t. 
  1. to give pleasure to;
    gratify;
    please.

v.i. 
  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
vb
  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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