Definition of delight in English:


Line breaks: de|light
Pronunciation: /dɪˈlʌɪt


[with object]
  • 1Please (someone) greatly: an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old
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    • It was here he held court late into the night, cajoling, entertaining and delighting friends from various walks of life.
    • The gods and monsters of khon have been delighting Siamese audiences for the past seven centuries, though for the majority of its history those audiences only included ancient VIPs.
    • The production made its Australian debut in 2000 receiving rave reviews from the Australian press and delighting audiences in Sydney and Melbourne.
    please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, bewitch, thrill, excite, take someone's breath away; gladden, gratify, appeal to, do someone's heart good, entertain, amuse, divert
    informal send, tickle, give someone a buzz, give someone a kick, tickle pink, bowl over
  • 1.1 [no object] (delight in) Take great pleasure in: they delight in playing tricks
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    • It keeps records of wrongs, delights in evil and rejoices in deception.
    • But when we say that ‘This is who X really is’ we are in fact delighting in evil and rejoicing in a lie.
    • I guess it's like this: The things I appreciated most and delighted in were simple.
    take great pleasure, find great pleasure, glory, revel, luxuriate, wallow; adore, love, relish, savour, enjoy greatly, lap up
    informal get a kick out of, have a thing about, get a buzz out of, get a thrill out of, get a charge out of, get off on, dig
    North American informal get a bang out of


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Middle English: from Old French delitier (verb), delit (noun), from Latin delectare 'to charm', frequentative of delicere. The -gh- was added in the 16th century by association with light1.

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