pleasure Definition

  • 1a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment
  • 2an event or activity from which one derives enjoyment

Using pleasure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pleasure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's been a pleasure working with you.

  • Example

    The book gave me great pleasure.

  • Example

    I take pleasure in cooking for my family.

  • Example

    She derives pleasure from playing the piano.

pleasure Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pleasure

Antonyms for pleasure

Idioms Using pleasure

  • a polite response to someone thanking you


    Thank you for helping me. My pleasure!

  • to make someone feel happy or satisfied


    The flowers she received gave her great pleasure.

  • something that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard or is seen as unusual


    Watching reality TV shows is my guilty pleasure.

Phrases with pleasure

  • to enjoy doing something


    I take pleasure in reading books.

  • whenever you like or choose


    You can come and go at your pleasure.

  • used to say that you are happy to do something


    Can you help me move this table? With pleasure!

Origins of pleasure

from Old French 'plaisir', meaning 'to please'


Summary: pleasure in Brief

The term 'pleasure' [ˈplɛʒər] refers to a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment, or an event or activity from which one derives enjoyment. It is often used in phrases like 'take pleasure in,' 'at your pleasure,' and 'with pleasure.' Idioms like 'my pleasure' and 'guilty pleasure' add nuances of politeness and personal preference.

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