enjoy

\ \ [14] Originally, enjoy was used intransitively in English, rather as in the modern American Yiddish-influenced injunction ‘Enjoy!’: ‘Yet he never enjoyed after, but in conclusion pitifully wasted his painful life’, Robert Laneham 1549. However, by the end of the 16th century the transitive sense ‘take pleasure in’ had virtually taken over the field.
\ \ The word probably comes from Old French enjoïr, a compound formed from the prefix en- ‘in’ and joirrejoice’, which in turn came from Latin gaudēre (ultimate source of English joy).
\ \ Old French did have another, similar verb, however, enjoier (formed from the noun joie), which probably also played a part in the English acquisition.
\ \ Cf.JOY

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  • enjoy — (v.) late 14c., rejoice, be glad (intransitive), from O.Fr. enjoir to give joy, rejoice, take delight in, from en make (see EN (Cf. en ) (1)) + joir enjoy, from L. gaudere rejoice (see JOY (Cf. joy)); Sense of have the use or benefit of …   Etymology dictionary

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  • enjoy — index own, possess, realize (obtain as a profit), relish, remain (occupy) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • enjoy — continues to be used with reference to things that are the complete opposite of enjoyable (such as ill health or a poor reputation), despite its identification as a ‘catachrestic’ (incorrect) use in the OED: • Despite the jokey reputation that… …   Modern English usage

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  • enjoy — [en joi′, injoi′] vt. [ME enjoien < OFr enjoir < en , in + joir, to rejoice < L gaudere, to be glad: see JOY] 1. to have or experience with joy; get pleasure from; relish 2. to have the use or benefit of; have as one s lot or advantage… …   English World dictionary

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